Biography of Benjamin Dawson
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Dawson, Benjamin, son of Isaac and Anna (Chappell) Dawson. was born in Lancashire, England, January 4, 1837, and after attending the public schools began his life in the cotton mills. In 1858 he came to America and first settled in Harrisville, R. I, where he followed the trade of weaver in a cotton mill until 1864, when he removed to New Bedford. Mr. Dawson was employed in the Wamsutta Mills from that time until January, 1869, when he engaged in the retail grocery business, which he continued about fifteen years. In 1885 he established his present wholesale liquor store at the corner of Purchase and Hazard streets, where he has built up the largest concern of the kind in New Bedford. In May, 1897, his eldest son, Joseph, was admitted to partnership under the firm name of Benjamin Dawson & Son. Mr. Dawson has always been a prominent Democrat, and was a member of the Common Council three years, overseer of the poor one year, and an alderman two years. In 1859 he married Helen Lee, a native of England, and they have three children: Joseph, John T. and Hattie.

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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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