Biography of W. B. Pierce
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Pierce, W. B., was born at Providence, R. I., Feb. 17, 1841. His early life was spent in the city of Providence. He was educated in the public schools and was a bookkeeper in a counting room until, at the breaking out of the war, June 6, 1861, he enlisted in the First Rhode Island Artillery, serving until March, 1864. The first year be was a private and sergeant and the second year a commissioned lieutenant. He was with the Second Corps during all the war, and was in every Union engagement in which the Second Corps took part in the State of Virginia. On his return he entered the employ of the D., L. & W. R. R. Co., first as clerk, then station agent, then assistant division superintendent; resigned on account of poor health in 1876; entered their service October 1, 1881, as passenger conductor, and in May, 1885, he was appointed division superintendent of the D., L. & W. R. R. Co., and also the representative of their coal interests at this point. He is a Republican in politics, but he has never been an aspirant for office. Mr. Pierce is a member of Fidelity Lodge, F. & A. M., and has been a Mason since 1865. In 1861 he married Helen A. King, of Susquehanna county, Pa. They have one son, Clarence, who has charge of the retail coal business at Ithaca.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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