Biography of Elbridge G. Paull
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Paull, Elbridge Gerry, son of Elbridge Gerry and Abby (Parris) Paull, was born in Freetown, April 21, 1836. His father was a native of Berkley, Mass., and for many years conducted a saw mill in Freetown. He removed to Fairhaven in 1875 and lived there until his death in 1886. Mr. Paull attended the Freetown schools and when sixteen years of age began to learn the machinist's and blacksmithing trades in the machine shop of D. E. Strange, for whom he worked five years, acquiring a thorough knowledge of his business. He then went to Taunton, where he was employed by the Dean Cotton Machine Company as a blackstnith for two years. and at the end of that time went to Somerset, where he was employed in the same capacity for seven years by the Mt. Hope Iron Company. In 1865 he came to Fairhaven with Cyrus D. Hunt and Russell Hathaway to start the American Tack Company and was employed in the plant as a blacksmith until 1886, when he became superintendent. In 1891, when the company was merged into the present Atlas Tack Company, he became superintendent and agent. He is now general superintendent of all the mills of the Atlas Tack Company, three of which are located in Taunton, one in Plymouth and one in Fairhaven. Mr. Paull has been enabled to fill his responsible position with success, partly owing to a native business ability, and partly to the fact that he is a practical machinist and tack maker. In politics he is a staunch Republican. He has served on the School Committee and as assessor and is now a member of the Sewer Commission. He is a prominent member of the Village Improvement Society, and actively interested in all that pertains to the welfare of the village in which he has resided for over thirty three years. Mr. Paull is a member of Concordia Lodge, F. & A. M., the Chapter and Council. For a number of years he has been a member of the Unitarian Church of Fairhaven. In 1859 he married Nancy M., daughter of Malbon Hathaway of Freetown, and they have two Sons: Norman M. and Alton B.

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.

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