Biography of George H. Taber
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Taber, George Hathaway, is the oldest active business man of Fairhaven, where he has been a most useful and respected citizen for many years. He is a son of John and Mary (Hathaway) Taber, born October 29, 1808. He is of old Quaker descent, although many of his ancestors fought in the Revolutionary war. John Cooke, one of the thirty four original purchasers of Dartmouth and prominent in the historical literature of this vicinity, was also one of his ancestors, and Mr. Taber now has a deed in his possession given by John Cooke to Thomas Taber and dated 1672. This deed was given for land which is now owned by Mr. Taber and which has never gone out of the possession of the family since its purchase. Mr. Taber's father was a farmer, and during his boyhood he worked on the farm and attended schol, completing his education in the institution now called Mrs. Hawes's Academy, but more commonly known as "the old Academy." After leaving schcol he went to sea and made voyages in merchautmen for several years. In 1832 he became a captain and continued to follow the sea for several years subsequent, sailing principally from New York city and upon European voyages. By resolution, industry and ability he amassed considerable property and finally retired to his farm in Fairhaven, where he still resides. He has been repeatedly honored with offices in the town government and served as selectman and overseer of the poor almost continuously from 1850 to 1890. He is now, and has been for the past seventeen years, president of the Fairhaven Institution for Savings, but has been connected with that institution ever since its inception, having been elected a trustee and member of the board of investments in 1863. He is also trustee of the Fairhaven Public Library, in which he takes a keen interest. Although past ninety years of age Mr. Taber is still vigorous and participates actively in the, business and public circles which have known him so long. He married Eliza P., daughter of Joseph Bates of Fairhaven. and two sons were born to them: George H. and John H. Mr. Taber is a descendant of Philip Taber, who was one of the first settlers of Watertown. Mass. He has a perfect and direct lineage back to some of the earliest settlers of Plymouth colony.

From:
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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