Biography of Frank S. Stevens
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Stevens, Frank Shaw, banker and cotton manufacturer, was born in Rutland, Vt., August 6, 1827. He was educated in the district schools and began business life as a clerk in a country store in Westfield, N. Y. Later he went overland to California with forty other miners, but not finding the gold field profitable he joined Henry Durfee in the occupation of teamster. He next engaged in the restaurant business and in running a stage line between Placerville and Sacramento, Cal. In 1854, upon the consolidation of the California Stage Companies, he became vice president of the organization and in addition was made superintendent of a division. In 1866 he returned to New England and settled in the village of Swansea. He became interested in large business operations in Kentucky. He was president of the Globe Street Railway Company; of the Fall River Merino Company; of the Metacomet National Bank; and a director in various other local corporations. He was elected by the Republican party a State senator in 1884, and a delegate to the National Republican Conventions of 1884, 1888, 1892 and 1896. He gave to the village of Swansey in 1890 a town hail with tower, bell and clock; it contains an audience room with a seating capacity for 500 persons, a room for the public library and a selectmen's room. It is known as the Stevens Memorial Hall; is located near his own residence, stands as an ornament to the village and will remain a fitting memorial to the liberal benefactor. Mr. Stevens was married in July, 1858, to Mrs. Julia A. B. Birch of Swansea, widow of James E. Birch, and after her death married Elizabeth R., daughter of Joseph and Eliza Case, on April 22, 1873. Mr. Stevens died April 25, 1898, while this work was going through the press.

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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