Biography of Antone L. Sylvia
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Sylvia, Antone L., has been recognized as one of the leading representatives of the Portuguese race in New Bedford for many years. He was born in the Azores, on the Island of St. George, in June, 1840, a son of John and Marianna (Rose) Sylvia, and he passed his earlier boyhood in the common schools and in doing farm worrk. When but fifteen years old (1855) he came to this country and settled at once in New Bedford, and here at once he found employment as manager of a clothing store owned by Joseph Frasier, which catered to the trade of immigrants from the Western Islands, remaining in this capacity until the death of Mr. Frasier in 1860, when he purchased the business from the estate. Mr. Sylvia continued with increasing success, winning an excellent reputation in business circles, and building up a large trade, until 1892, when he retired. He has been for some time a prominent factor in political circles, and was director for nine years of the Monte Pio Society, and he also served in the Council from Ward 5, 1875-76-77. In 1861 he married Catherine Collins Frasier.

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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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