Biography of Willard Lovering
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Lovering, Willard. Probably no man has done more for the cotton manufacturing industry in the vicinity of Taunton than Willard Lovering, a man who began the cotton business as an apprentice and rose from step to step until be became the owner of a mill. He was born in the little village of Holliston, Mass., November 18, 1801, and spent the earlier years of his boyhood in farm work and in perfecting his education until he was finally competent to teach a school. In this occupation he was engaged, however, but a short time, and began his long business career in the City Mills at Franklin, Mass. His energy. coupled with a natural adaptability for the business, was the means of gaining for him rapid promotion and he finally took charge of the entire establishment. In 1830 he removed to Providence, R. I., and took charge of the business of the Blackstone Canal Corporation, and three years later retired to take the agency of the Carrington Mills at Woonsocket, R. I., where he also remained three years. At the end of this period (1836) he removed to Taunton and became a partial owner and manager of the Whittenton Mills. occupying this position for twenty years, or until the failure of C. H. Mills & Company, the principal owners. In 1853 he purchased the mills, and in association with his sons successfully conducted the establishment until 1864, when ill health rendered his retirement necessary, and he was succeeded in the business by his three sons, Charles L., William O. and Henry M. Lovering. Mr. Lowering was a thoroughly honorable man and possessed a well rounded character. He possessed rare qualifications as a manager and attained high rank as a manufacturer. At the time of his death he was president of the Taunton Savings Bank and had also served as president of the Taunton Branch Railroad. He represented Taunton in the State Legislature of 1865-66, and throughout his entire residence never neglected an opportunity to advance the welfare of his adopted city. He was a prominent member of the Episcopal Church for nearly fifty years and a member of St. Thomas Church. He died November 24, 1837.

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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