Biography of William H. Tillson
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Tillson, William H., son of Henry H. and Lydia (Smith) Tillson, was born in New Bedford, October 30, 1871. His father, who was a native of Plymouth county, came to New Bedford when a young man. He first worked in a shoe store as a clerk and in about two years formed a copartnership with E. S. Cannon, to conduct a hat and fur business; they located on Union street and later removed to the store on Purchase street, where the business has ever since been conducted. Mr. Tillson was an energetic and active business man, and yet a quiet, unobtrusive and benevolent citizen, well respected by the entire community; he died in April, 1896, in his seventy fourth year, being the oldest dealer in this particular line of merchandise in Bristol county. William H. Tillson was educated in the public and high schools of New Bedford and prepared for a mercantile career in Corner's Business College at Boston; shortly after his graduation from this institution he was made general freight agent of the Texas and Western Railroad and served in that capacity until his father's death, about five years, when he returned to New Bedford and assumed the management of the business. Mr. Tillson is a man of business ability, training and insight, and he has already gained prominence in the business life of the city.

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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