Biography of William C. Taber
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Taber, William C., was born in New Bedford in 1837, a son of William C. and Hannah (Shearman) Taber. His father, William C. Taber, was also a native of New Bedford and prominent in the business affairs of the city; for sixty three years he was connected in an official capacity with the New Bedford Institution for Savings, a part of this time as president. He also represented this district in the State Senate. As is elsewhere noted in this work, representatives of the Taber family were among the first settlers of the old town of Dartmouth, and most of the name in this vicinity descend from Philip, who came from England in 1632, settling near the present site of Boston. William C. Taber attended private schools in New Bedford but received most of his preparatory education in the Friends' School at Providence, R. I. He completed his education at Haverford School (now college), Philadelphia, and not long after began work in the book store established by his father and Abraham Sherman, jr. This book business passed through several different changes and finally came into the hands of the subject of this sketch and his brother, Abraham Taber, at which time another brother, Charles Taber, who had previously been a partner in the book firm, branched out in the art manufacturing business which proved so successful. Later William C. Taber became identified with this enterprise and continced in it for seventeen years, being made president of the Taber Art Company at its incorporation in 1893. He gave some of the best years of his life to the development of the business and in company with his brother Charles and their associates, nursed its growth from a small enterprise to one of magnitude and importance. In 1897 Mr. Taber assumed the duties of his present position as treasurer of the Whitman Mills. With the exception of a few terms in the City Council as the representative of Ward 5, he has never held public office. In 1860 he married Sarah A., daughter of John Wood, and they had three daughters: Helen T., wife of George R. Briggs of Plymouth; Ethel, wife of Lieut. David H. Jarvis of the United States Revenue Service; and Anna R.

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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