Notes for Richard Borden: From:HISTORY OF BRISTOL COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS Colonel Richard Borden was born at Fall River, Massachusetts, April 12, 1795, and died in the city of his birth, after a long and useful life, February 25, 1874. He was educated in Fall River schools, and spent his early life at the home farm. From 1812 until 1820 lie operated a grist mill at the fall nearest the river's mouth, and also engaged in ship-building in association with Major Bradford Durfee. He enlisted as a private in the second war with Great Britain, 1812-14, advancing through the ranks of ensign, lieutenant, captain, lieutenant-colonel, to the grade of colonel. After the warwas over he engaged in shipbuilding, working upon the woodwork of a craft during the day, then, with his partner, going to a neighboring blacksmith shop and working on the iron work of the vessel. In this way he managed to launch one coasting vessel each year, these being from twenty to seventyfive tons burden. This blacksmith shop was the beginning of the later extensive Fall River Iron Works, which became one of the most important industries of Fall River. Borden & Durfee later, with others, incorporated as the Fall River Iron Works Company, with an original capital of $24,000, which) was reduced soon afterward to $15,000, but was later increased until in 1845 the capital was nearly $1,000,000. This company was the first makers of iron wire for the manufacture of wood screws in this country. For over fifty years, from the organization of the company until his death, Colonel Richard Borden was treasurer of the Fall River Iron Works Company, and to his energy and industry the great development of the business was largely due. Colonel Richard Borden was treasurer of the Fall River Iron Works Company, and to his energy and industry the great development of the business was largely due. From:HISTORY OF BRISTOL COUNTY, MASSACHUSETTS It was through Colonel Borden's influence that the Old Colony railroad was induced to extend its line in the direction of Fall River and Narragansett Bay, he, with his brother, Jefferson, establishing the Fall River Steamboat Company in 1847, with a capital of $3,000 to operate in connection with the railroad. Colonel Borden was interested in many other important Fall River enterprises, including the American Print Works, organized in 1834; the American Linen Company; the Troy Cotton and Woolen Manufactory, and the Richard Borden Manufacturing Company. He was also a director of the Annawan Manufactory, and the Metacomet Mill; president and director of the Fall River National Bank; director, agent and corporation clerk of the Fall River Iron Works Company; president of the Watuppa Reservoir Company; agent of the Fall River Furnace Company; director of the Fall River Gas Company, these all being Fall River corporations. He held high official position with corporations outside the city, being president of the Bay State Steamboat Company; the Providence Tool Company; the Cape Cod Railroad Company; and the Borden Mining Company, and was a director of the Old Colony Railroad Company. He was asssessor; representative; State Senator, and, in 1864, presidential elector on the Republican ticket. The soldier's monument, erected at the entrance to Oak Grove Cemetery, was his gift to the city.
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