Biography of George W. Rankin
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Rankin, George William, librarian, son of George and Laura A. (Grant) Rankin, was born in Boston, Mass., May 23, 1847. He descends from old Puritan stock, his paternal ancestors being among the early settlers of York county. Maine. Mr. Rankin's father was a successful Boston merchant and represented the town of Dorchester in the Legislature several terms. Mr. Rankin moved to Fall River in 1871, and in 1873 was engaged by the trustees of the Fall River Public Library to assist in a revision of the catalogue, and in this work be proved to the management his ability in so marked a manner, that in June, 1874, he became permanently connected with the institution. By careful and intelligent study he has educated himself in the different methods and systems of library work. No better evidence of his proficiency can be given than the invitation extended to him by the late Hon. Marcellus Eldredge of Chatham, to select the books and install the working system of the library which that gentleman gave to the town of Chatham. He has now been connected with the Fall River Public Library for a period of twenty five years; he has also been a contributor to the historical literature of Fall River and vicinity. He has a critical appreciation of art and his advocacy of good literature has been of permanent value to the patrons of the library. In 1890 Mr. Rankin married Nattie A., daughter of William E. and Sarah J. (Briggs) Sharples of Fall River.

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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