Biography of Sylvanus M. Thomas
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Thomas, Sylvanus Martin, was born in New Bedford, Mass., March 23, 1850, a son of Sylvanus and Agnes Jackson (Martin) Thomas. He received his early education in the public schools of New Bedford and Phillips Academy at Andover, and afterwards studied under a private tutor. He entered Brown University in 1867 and was graduated in the class of 1871. He immediately entered Harvard Law School, staying there two years, and then read law in the office of Jewell, Gaston & Field of Boston. He was admitted to the bar in 1874 and came to Taunton and opened an office for himself. From 1876 to 1879 he was city solicitor, but other than that declined all offices tendered him. In addition to an extensive law practice Mr. Thomas was president of the Taunton & Brockton Street Railroad, president and treasurer of the Taunton Street Railway and treasurer and general manager of the Dighton, Somerset & Swansea Street Railroad. November 18, 1891, he married Emily Hayman of Taunton, and they had two children: Sylvanus M. Thomas, jr., and Elizabeth Agnes Thomas. Mr. Thomas died, after a short illness, on November 20, 1898.

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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