Biography of Emerson Smith
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Smith, Emerson, who has been a prominent contractor and builder in New Bedford for several years, was born in Norton, Bristol county, Mass., June 13, 1844. a son of Nathan and Olive (Willis) Smith. His father was also a native of Bristol county, born in Taunton, but lived most of his life in Norton Mr. Smith attended the schools in the vicinity of his home and was employed at different kinds of labor until seventeen years old. At this time he came to New Bedford and entered the employ of the New Bedford Copper Company to learn the trade of mixing yellow metals. Having thoroughly mastered this trade, or rather profession, and served the company for eight years, he returned to his native village and engaged in the business of manufacturing friction matches. Later he found a lucrative position with the American Screw Company, which he accompanied to Providence, R. I., on its removal to that city, serving that company a little more than nine years, and when he severed his connection came again to New Bedford, where in 1881 he established a business as a builder and contractor, which has proved highly successful. He continued in active management of his contracts until 1892, and then owing to poor health decreased his business of building and contracting to a considerable extent and gave his entire attention to the management of his real estate interests. With the exception of one year (1887) as councilman from Ward 1, Mr. Smith has never held public office. He married, in 1874, Ella M. daughter of Benjamin Franklin of Oxford, N. H., and they have one daughter, Olive F. Smith:

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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