Biography of Charles F. Shaw
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Shaw, Charles Frederick, is the oldest son of Frederick P. and Mary (Maxfield) Shaw, and a grandson of Job and Amy (Macomber) Shaw, and was born in New Bedford, Mass., November 28, 1840. His great grandfather, Nathaniel Shaw, and great great grandfather, Thomas Cory (whose daughter married Nathaniel Shaw), were Revolutionary soldiers. His mother's ancestors were Quakers. Job Shaw, a native of Tiverton, R, I., became a cooper in New Bedford, where he died in 1862. Frederick P. Shaw, a wholesale and retail grocer in New Bedford, died December 1, 1883, aged seventy three; his wife survives at the age of eighty six; he served one year each in the New Bedford Common Council and the State Legislature. Charles F Shaw was educated in his native city, and on August 13, 1862, enlisted as a private in Co. H, 38th Mass. Vol. Infantry, being mustered out of service June 30, 1865 He served as corporal, sergeant and second and first lieutenants, and participated in the battles of Western Louisiana, the siege of Port Hudson, the Red River expedition, the Shenandoah Valley campaign (including the battle of Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864), and the closing events in Georgia and North Carolina. September 1, 1863, he received his commission as second lieutenant, and from that time until he was discharged he commanded his company (the captain being on detached service) and brought it back to New Bedford. In 1865 he went to East Saginaw, Mich.. and engaged in the wholesale grocery business as a member of the firm of Shaw, Bullard & Co. Mr. Builard withdrew in 1873, and the firm of Shaw Brothers & Co. continued the business until 1878, when it was closed up. Mr. Shaw has been an active and influential Republican since he was old enough to vote. While in East Saginaw he was a member of the Police Commission two years and of the Cemetery Commission four years, and in 1878 he was nominated for mayor, but declined to run. In 1879 he accepted the nomination of city treasurer and ran ahead of his ticket, which was defeated. In 1880, without solicitation, he was nominated by the Saginaw County Republican Convention on the first ballot, by a vote of 104 out of 114, for the office of register of deeds, but was defeated by 199 votes, out of 11,000 cast. Soon afterward he was chosen sole assessor of East Saginaw city, which position he held until March, 1883, when he resigned and returned to New Bedford by reason of his father's illness. As a citizen of East Saginaw he was prominent in all public matters, and for six years served as president of the East Saginaw Rifles. In 1886 he purchased the street railway there, made three miles of extensions and other improvements, and seven months later sold it. He was also vice president of the East Saginaw Gas Company several years, and in 1888 was again called there for four months to act as treasurer of a savings bank. Since returning to New Bedford he has been a member of the Republican City Committee ten years, being its chairman three years and its present vice chairman; he served one term in the State Legislature and two years as alderman and was nominated for mayor; and in December, 1897, was elected city assessor at large for three years. He has been president of the New Bedford Choral Association since 1890; is a director and formerly was secretary of the Board of Trade and vice president of the New Bedford General Hospital; is a member of the Wamsutta and Dartmouth Clubs, also of the Massachusetts Republican Club; the Knights of Pythias, the Elks, the G. A. R., the Loyal Legion, the Veteran Firemen's Association and the Masonic fraternity as high as Knight Templarism; and a life member of the Old Colony Historical Society. He was also for some time treasurer of the Union Street Railway Company, resigning February 1. 1897. November 12, 1867, he married Clara D., daughter of William H. Warner of East Saginaw, Mich. She died July 16, 1873, leaving one son, Frederick Warner Shaw, who died April 16, 1878.

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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