Biography of George Peirce
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Peirce, George, in his particular line of work has gained a reputation throughout this vicinity. He is a native of Canterbury, England, where he was born October 8, 1845, a son of William and Anne (Vincer) Peirce. The family removed to this country when he was an infant and, after remaining a short time in Boston, removed to Savannah, Georgia, where he was partially educated in the common schools and academies. In 1860 the family returned north and settled in New Bedford and he completed his education in the New Bedford public schools. He then began an apprenticeship of three years at the machinist's trade, in the old Novelty Works at Taunton, and after its completion came to New Bedford and worked at his trade until 1867, when he went to Boston to learn the piano and organ manufacturing business, and for several years worked in the Chickering piano factory and in the Hooks' organ factory. In 1872, having obtained a thorough knowledge of the details of piano and organ construction, he returned to New Bedford and established a repairing business, which he still continues, and, previous to this time there having been no business of this kind in New Bedford, his trade at once grew to large pro. portions. Mr. Peirce is possessed of much mechanical skill and his experience as a practical machinist has aided greatly in the establishment of the reputation as a skillful repairer, which he now enjoys. For over twenty six years he has cared for the public school instruments of the city. He is a member of Eureka Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and has served his lodge as organist for the past twenty five years; also, he is a member of Acushnet Lodge of Odd Fellows. Mr. Peirce married, in 1873, Elizabeth Alden Lucas of New Bedford, and they have one son, Clifford O. Peirce. His second wife was Eleanor B., a daughter of Capt. Charles Grant of Nantucket, a successful whaling captain, and of this union were nine children: Charles G., George, jr., Virginia L. (deceased), William (deceased), Barker H., Alice E., Ruth, Edwin E. and Robert P.

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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