Biography of Mace B. Short
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Short, Mace B., was born in Attleborough, February 15, 1827, and his father, Philip Short, was a native of Rehoboth where Manassah Short and his family were among the pioneer settlers. Philip Short married Matilda, daughter of Rufus Burt, and throngh life he was identified as a farmer. Mace B. Short was educated in Attieborough and in 1840 went into Dodge's cotton factory, in Dodgeville, and worked upward from the pickers to the position of overseer. In 1851 he went to North Attleborough and learned the jeweler's trade with E. Ira Richards & Co.; in 1854 he spent a short period in Taunton; and in the same year returned to Attleborough and entered the employ of Sturdy & Bradford. In 1866 he organized the firm of Short & Nerney, electroplaters, which continued until 1876, when he organized the firm of Short, Nerney & Horton, which now continues under the name of the Bay State Optical Company, being the original and principal factory of optical goods in Bristol county. In 1851 he married Nancy B., daughter of William Wheaton. Mr. Short is one of the conservative men of his town; has been director in the Attleborough Loan and Fund Association for twenty years; and takes an active and intelligent interest in both school and church matters.

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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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