Biography of John L. Purington
Sagadahoc County, Maine Biographies





John Louville Purington is a son of John H. Purington, and was born in Bath, January 31, 1833. He married Miss Mary Ann Larrabee, of Bath, July 2, 1862. She was born August 26, 1838, and they have had four children - William, John L., Edward C., and Arthur K. Purington. Mr. Purington was educated in the schools of his native city; commenced active life by going to sea in September, 185o, and continuing seven years in deep sea going ships; returning from the sea, he was in the coal business in Dorchester for three years, when he again went to sea for one year, making his home with his mother, in Bowdoinham, a portion of the time. In the summer of 1861 he came to Bath and entered the dry goods business in company with T. D. Percy; then in the firm of Blair & Pnrington, later as Purington & Carr, and, after April, 1868, continuing in the same business in his own name, moving into his store in Bank Block, December 14, 1877, with his son, John Larrabee Purington, assistant. Mr. Purington died in Bath, at which time the Bath Daily Times thus spoke of him: "He had been a member of Solar Lodge for some time. He was a man of fine character, untarnished reputation, good business habits, and an earnest Christian, having been an active member of the Baptist Church for many years." Since the death of Mr. Purington, his sons, John L. and Edward C., have united in continuing the business their father left, having remodeled the store into a first class establishment and making the firm name J. L. Purington's Sons.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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