Biography of William C. Davol
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Davol, William C., cotton broker and ex chief of the fire department. was born in Fall River, July 26, 1841, a son of William C. and Martha (Russell) Davol. His father was one of the most prominent cotton manufacturers of Fall River during his time. The Davol Mills, erected and put into operation in 1866, were named in honor of him and he became president of the corporation. William C. Davol received his educational training in the public and high schools of Fall River, and at Phillips Academy at Andover, Mass. He began his business career in the office of Josiah Brown, a noted civil and mill engineer of Fall River, with whom he remained several years. He then entered the employ of Marvel & Davol, who were extensively engaged in the manufacture of cotton mill machinery. His father, who was a partner of this firm, achieved more than local distinction for improvements in cotton machinery. For a period of fifteen years Mr. Davol was treasurer of the Davol Mills. In 1882 he formed a copartnership with C. V. S. Remington, under the firm name of Remington & Davol, for the conduct of a cotton business. This firm still continues. For twenty years Mr. Davol was chief of the Fall River Fire Department; be was a member of the Common Council in 1873-75. He married Elizabeth G. Cotton, daughter of John S. Cotton of Fall River, and they have one daughter, Martha G.

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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