Biography of John D. Crowley
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Crowley, John D., was born in Liverpool, England, in 1820 He received a common school education and then engaged in the purchase and sale of second hand clothing in his native city. In 1858 he came to America and engaged in the same business in Philadelphia, remaining six years and then returning to Liverpool to look after his original enterprise, which had been continued during his absence. Two years later he closed this business and returned to Philadelphia. He came to Fall River in 1867 and started a store in second hand clothing and jewelry, at the corner of Annawan and Brady streets; and in 1873 engaged in the purchase and sale of cotton and woolen stock, new prints, old metals, etc., at the same location. In 1885 he removed to the present location of the business, 189 Annawan street. Mr. Crowley was an active, conservative and enterprising citizen. His business life was a remarkable example of success due to industry and ability, and at the time of his death, besides business enterprises, he owned fifty nine tenement houses in Fall River and other real estate, He was a vigorous, intelligent and sincere advocate of temperance, and took a keen and lively interest in all things designed to promote the welfare of the public. He died on April 24, 1897, holding the respect and esteem of all who had known him. Mt. Crowley had married in England in 1849 to Abby McCauliff. Of this union were eleven children: John A., Mary, Annie, Abbie, James D., Daniel A., P. Henry, Michael V., Thomas J., George L. and Louis A. (deceased). Of these, four sons now conduct the business: P. Henry, Michael V., Thomas J. and George L. They are all natives of Fall River. Possessed of thorough business educations and inherited abilities they are conducting the affairs of the business with encouraging success.

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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