Biography of Charles M. Peirce, Jr.
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Peirce, Charles M., jr., who died in New Bedford, September 12, 1875, in his fifty third year, was for years a prominent figure in political and business circles of New Bedford. He was engaged for many years in an extensive brick and lime business on North Water street, was a member of the Common Council six years, two of which he served that body as president, and he represented this district for several terms in the State Legislature, served on the School Committee several years, and at the time of his death, was a member of the General Court. Mr. Peirce was a man of indomitable energy and possessing the courage of his convictions, had the manliness to support them without subterfuge or hypocrisy, and he was for many years an active and valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Peirce was of good New England stock, being eighth of the line of that branch of the family headed by Michael Peirce, who was born in England and came to America about 1645, locating in Hingham, Mass., and in the following year in Scituate; he was commissioned a captain by the Colony Court in 1669; Charles,(7) Barnard.(6) Joshua,(5) Mial,(4) Ephriam,(3) Ephriam,(2) and Michael.(1) Mr. Peirce married first Susan A. Durfee and of this union was one son, Frank O. For his second wife he married, November 28, 1860, Amanda E. Hill, daughter of Thomas J. and Betsy (Brown) Hill, who survives him, and they had six children: Annie C., William C., Mary A. H., Emily H., Albert B., and Elizabeth S.

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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