Biography of Orrick Smalley
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Smalley, Orrick, who died in New Bedford, July 29, 1894, in the seventy fifth year of his age, was one of the best known of the old whaling captains which this section has developed. He was born in Dartmouth, but his parents were natives and residents of Cape Cod and representatives of one of the oldest of Cape Cod families. He spent most of his active life at sea, being engaged as cook on a fishing schooner when but eight years old, and when scarcely in his teens, he walked from Cape Cod to New Bedford to ship on a whaling vessel, and at the age of twenty five became master of a ship. In this capacity he rapidly acquired reputation among owners and for many years after his retirement was annually offered a ship. In the latter years of his life he held prominent places in the city government and during his service as city marshal made a record for fearless and efficient work in enforcing the no license laws. He also served as inspector in the custom house for several years, and later as secretary of the Board of Overseers of the Poor, and while in this position, in a quiet undemonstrative way, he frequently lightened his own pocket book in assisting deserving cases which came to his notice. For fifty years he was a member, and most of the time an official, in the North Christian Church of New Bedford, and his death was mourned by all who had known and felt the influence of his sterling character. Orrick Smalley, Jr., son of Orrick and Deborah (Howland) Smalley. was born in New Bedford, February 15, 1852, and attended the public schools, graduating later from Scoffield's Business College, at Providence, R. I. For several years he went to sea, first engaged in whaling and later in the merchant and steamship service, and afterwards was employed by the Morse Twist Drill and Machine Company. While Mr. Smalley has never held public office, he is still well known in New Bedford. He married, February 17, 1874, Eliza A., adopted daughter of Captain Matthew Fisher of New Bedford, and they have had two children: Addie M., who is living, and Charles Henry (deceased). Harry T. Smalley, son of Orrick Smalley and brother of Orrick Smalley, Jr., was born in New Bedford March 30, 1865, and is now living.

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
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With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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