Biography of John Stanton
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Stanton, John, a member of the Board of Police Commissioners, and one of the leading shoe dealers of Fall River, is. a native of Ireland, and came to this country with his parents, Luke Dillon and Maria (Lynch) Stanton, when five years of age. They located in Fall River and his father, who was a cultured gentleman, conducted a successful private school in that city for many years. When but eight years old Mr. Stanton began work in the cotton mills. He was first employed in putting in roping, then became successively a doffer, then third hand and second hand in the Robeson Mill. Later he accepted a position as overseer in the Watuppa Mills, where he remained nearly three years. In 1870 he left the mill and took a posftion in a provision store conducted by William A. Kennedy, and three years later began the shoe business in a small way in the Batty building on Borden street. The energy and ability with which he conducted this business soon began to bear fruit, and owing to the demands of a cJnstantiy increasing trade he was soon obliged to move to larger quarters at 86 Main street, whence he removed to his present store at 253 South Main street. Here he conducts an extensive retail and wholesale trade and has also established a store at 1602 North Main Street and another at 267 East Main street. Since 1896 he has been president of the Kelley Shoe Company of Fall River, a corporation in which he is extensively interested and which employs about sixty workmen. Mr. Stanton has long been prominent in Democratic political circles of Fall River. In 1880 he was nominated and elected by a large majority to the State Legislature where he served on the committees on election laws and manufactures. He has been Democratic member of the Board of Police Commissioners since 1894, appointed first for one year and reappointed for three years. He is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Stanton married Annie, daughter of Daniel Sullivan of Fall River, and they had three children, all now deceased.

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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