Biography of Isaac B. Tompkins, Jr.
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Tompkins, Isaac B., jr., son of Isaac B. and Abby D. Tompkins, was born in Westport, Mass., August 27, 1849. His ancestors lived in this vicinity for many generations and were well represented. His father, Isaac B. Tompkins, was for many years a successful whaling captain and brought in many profitable cargoes, among the most notable being those of the ships Young Phenix and Twilight. He was chief of the New Bedford Police Department during the administrations of Mayors Morgan Rotch and George Wilson, and represented this district in the State Legislature, 1888 and 1889, and was highly respected in New Bedford for his sterling worth and character. Isaac B. Tompkins, jr., obtained his education in the public schools and academy at Westport, and later attended the East Greenwich Academy at East Greenwich, R. I., from which institution he was graduated after completing the commercial course. Soon after, he entered the office of Jonathan Bourne, one of the most successful whaleship owners and agents in New Bedford at that time. December 26, 1870, he entered the employ of Driscol, Church & Hall, and on January 1, 1881, he was admitted to the partnership. He has contributed much of his energy and ability to the success of this flourishing house. He has held many positions of public trust; for seven years (1878-1884) was a member of the Common Council, and for four successive years of this period he was unanimously chosen president of the body. In 1885 he was elected a member of the School Committee and during the same year was elected a trustee of the Free Public Library; in 1882 he became a trustee of the Institution for Savings, and in 1888 was elected president of the New Bedford Board of Trade, serving in that capacity for seven years, and his entire public service has been characterized by ability, faithfulness, and integrity.

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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