Biography of William A. Twiss
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Twiss, William A., son of William F. and Mary (Nelson) Twiss, was born in Auburn, Mass., September 6, 1846; he attended the common schools until he was sixteen years old and then went into the cotton mills of the Whitney Manufacturing Company at Northbridge, and one year later he became a second hand. His first position as overseer was gained in 1872, in the Indian Orchard Mills, at Springfield, Mass., and here he continued for a period of fifteen years, as overseer of mule spinning, and at the end of that time the mills burned down and he went to Baltic, Conn., to become overseer of spinning in the Baltic Mills; but one year later these mills were burned and he came to New Bedford to take a position in the Acushnet Mills as overseer of spinning in Mill No. 1, and one year later when Acushnet Mill No. 2 was completed, he took a like position, which he filled until 1889, and was then given his present position as superintendent of the Hathaway Manufacturing Company. Among the many expert cotton manufacturers in Bristol county Mr. Twiss is entitled to take first rank, having spent his entire life in the business, as did his father before him. Mr. Twiss is a member of the Masonic order. He married Phoebe A., daughter of Benjamin McBride, of Northbridge, Mass., and they have three children: Benjamin A., Bessie A , and William B.

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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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