Parker, Henry W., son of Ward M. and Marcia F. (Lewis) Parker, was born in New Bedford, November 2, 1849. His
father, a native of Falmouth. was in early life engaged in the coasting trade commanding a vessel running to Charleston,
S. C. He later engaged in procuring live oak timber in Florida, under contracts with the government, and finally
embarked in the whaling business at Wood's Holl, where he built the ship Bartholomew Gosnold, and by shrewd management
he acquired a large estate. For nearly forty years he was a director in the Marine (now First National) Bank, and
for many years was in the direction of the New Bedford and Taunton Railroad, the Gas Light Co., the Commercial
Insurance Co., the Taunton Locomotive Works, and the Taunton Copper Co., of which he was president several years.
He died in New Bedford, August 6, 1881, in his ninety seventh year, a man universally respected and of many friends.
Henry W. Parker attended private schools in New Bedford and Falmouth, preparing for college at New Bedford under
the late Charles P. Rugg, who was for twenty five years principal of the High School, and in 1868 he entered Brown
University and took the A. B. degree in 1872. In the same year he began the study of medicine at Harvard University,
School of Medicine, but discontinued his medical course at the end of the first year and established a drug store
in New Bedford, locating at the corner of Middle and Purchase streets. At the end of a period of four years he
sold out and became connected with Smith's Homoeopathic Pharmacy in New York city, but on the death of his father
returned to New Bedford to assume the management of the estate. In 1885 he again took up the study of medicine
at Harvard University, School of Medicine, and was graduated M. D. in 1890, but has never been in active practice.
Mr. Parker became associated with the firm of Gifford & Company in 1889, and now owns the entire interest.
This clothing store, now located on Pleasant street, was established by Nathaniel Gifford in 1853, and consequently
may be remembered among the oldest establishments of its kind in the city.
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.
Bristol County, MA Biographies
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