The rich men of Massachusetts: containing a statement of the reputed wealth of about fifteen hundred persons, with brief sketches of more than one thousand characters

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W. V. Spencer, 1851 - Businessmen - 208 pages
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Page 58 - ... to our venerable friend. We happened to be present when the occurrence took place. A gentleman met him in the street, and, upon a brief conversation, asked him to lend him ten dollars, as he was short, — not an uncommon thing for him, at the time. It was many months ago. Mr. S., raiding his spectacles, replied, — 'Yes, Sir, with pleasure, on one condition.
Page 58 - Commercial street, or in the Exchange, and he always turns his head away. When I lend a man money, and he is owing me, I want him to look me full in the face, as though nothing had happened ; and then I shall be willing to lend him again.
Page iii - Our leading object has been to furnish encouragement to the young, from the contemplation of success resulting from a suitable combination of those sterling qualities, Perseverence, Energy, Carefulness, Economy, Integrity, Honesty.
Page 143 - While young, he was accustomed to laboring on a farm in summer, and keeping school in winter. He was moral, industrious, and frugal, and took a wife possessing the same qualities, together with a shrewd propensity to calculate the cost of all articles of living. One day her husband brought home the cloth and trimmings for a new coat. The wife inquired the price of the buttons, which she noticed were made of cloth called " lasting," or more fully, "everlasting" covered on to wooden button-moulds.
Page 57 - SKETCH OF A BOSTON MERCHANT. A writer in the Post, alluding to several merchants who have recently deceased, thus mentions the living: — " We believe that Robert G. Shaw, Esq., is now the oldest active merchant in this city, as he is the most opulent one. We remember him from our boyhood, as a stirring, enterprising and successful man ; and he has probably done as much for the city— hits contributed as largely, by his wealth, and liberal feeling towards its growth, prosperity and business facilities,...
Page 38 - Perhaps no family in New England has acquired property with greater rapidity or more uniform good fortune than the Lawrences.
Page 58 - We believe that ROBERT G. SHAW, Esq., is now the oldest active merchant in this city, as he is the most opulent one. We remember him from our boyhood, as a stirring, enterprising and successful man; and he has probably done as much for the city —has contributed as largely, by his wealth and liberal feeling, towards its growth, prosperity and business facilities, as any other citizen. We think we should be safe in saying that he has done more.
Page 167 - Gleason, Roswell [$] 100,000 Came to Dorchester from the country a poor boy. Commenced business without any other capital than a determination to do something and be somebody. Went to work; and all the noise he made was in his tinshop, where there was an incessant din, from day-light in the morning to a late hour of the night. He succeeded. Such a man must succeed; and it was but a short time before there might daily be seen an army of honest tin-peddlers departing from his factory to furnish the...
Page 46 - John Parker, who died a few years since, leaving one of the largest estates ever accumulated in New England. He first grew rich (and several other fortunes in this list had the same beginning) by buying up continental securities, some sixty years ago, when at a great discount. To the amount thus realized, were added the earnings and savings of a life unusually long. The old gentleman was very scrupulous upon one point. Even in times when money commanded two or three per cent, a month, he would never...
Page 197 - The Secretary of State is the natural representative of the Governor in the latter's absence. The present Secretary of State has been a member of both branches of the legislature and of one of our Constitutional Conventions. He was promoted from the Speaker's chair to his present position. I present the Hon. Edwin C. Bean of Belmont.

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