Biography of Alexander H. Seabury
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Seabury, Alexander H., who died in New Bedford, July 17, 1887, in the eighty first year of his age, was one of New Bedford's most prominent business men. He was born in Tiverton, R. I., and when a mere lad commenced his business career in a grocery store of which he finally became proprietor, an early evidence of a remarkable business ability which he later exhibited in larger interests. When twenty seven years of age he came to New Bedford and opened a grain and provision store which he conducted for twenty Five years, having from time to time as partners his brother, Pardon G. Seabury, Joseph Ricketson, and from 1845 to 1857 his nephew, Albert G. Corry. In the latter year William Baylies and the late Nathaniel S. Cannon were admitted and upon the death of Mr. Corry the active management of the concern was taken by them, although Mr. Seabury still retained an interest and gave the firm the benefit of his advice and experience. For many years he successfully conducted various other enterprises. He established packet lines to New York and Albany and his vessels brought large quantities of grain and flour to this market. He also became heavily interested in the packing business of beef and pork in association with men in Indiana. Much of this product was used in fitting New Bedford whalers. He was agent from 1836 to 1841 for five whaleships and later became an extensive owner of whale shipping. He also engaged in stock raising and in real estate enterprises near the city of Lafayette, Ind. Mr. Seabury was also a leading spirit in establishing the city of New Bedford as a manufacturing center and invested in nearly every industrial concern started in the city. He was one of the chief promoters of the Mt. Washington Glass Works and the Pairpoint Manufacturing Company; he was one of the incorporators of the Five Cents Savings Bank and for many years its vice president; a director in the First National Bank, and in a number of the cotton manufacturing corporations of New Bedford and Fall River. On August 23, 1830, he married Louisa Crandall, a native of Tiverton, R. I., and a member of a prominent Rhode Island family. One daughter was born to them, Louisa B., who married Edward Haskell of New Bedford. Mr. Seabury was a man of strong personality and possessed of indomitable will. He was most public spirited and his name will go down as one who aided materially in the development of New Bedford.

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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