Name: Samuel James BRIDGE
Given Name: Samuel James
Change Date: 20 DEC 2010 1
Birth: 1 JUN 1809 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: 6 NOV 1893 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts 2|
Father: Samuel BRIDGE b: 14 NOV 1778 in Dresden, Lincoln, Maine
Mother: Margaret PAINE b: 4 MAY 1782 in Dresden, Lincoln, Maine
- Abbrev: An Account of the Descendants of John Bridge
Title: An Account of the Descendants of John Bridge
- Abbrev: New England Historical & Genealogical Register
Title: New England Historical & Genealogical Register
Page: p 84
Text: Necrology of Historic Genealogical Society. [Jan.]
SAMUEL JAMES BRIDGE, A.M., of Boston, a resident member of this Society, was born in Boston, June 1, 1809, and died at the Norfolk House, Roxbury, November 6, 1893. Like so many other eminent men of Boston, Mr. Bridge was descended from a Puritan ancestry. John Bridge, the first of the name in New England, came with the Braintree Company, and was assigned to Cambridge in 1632. He was born in Essex County, England, about the year 1578. He was a near kinsman of a distinguished non-conformist divine of Norwich, who was an author, a prominent member of the Westminster Assembly. He became a leading man in Cambridge,?was the first deacon of the church, organized in 1635 ; and was for twelve years one of the " Townsmen," as the selectmen were then called. In 1637 he represented the town in the legislature, and was a member of that body four successive years. He was frequently employed in the settlement of estates, and in determining the boundaries of towns. The subject of this sketch presented to the City of Cambridge a bronze statue of his ancestor, the old and Puritan, which stands In that part of Cambridge Common near the junction of North Avenue and Waterhouse Street, looking toward the College grounds. It is believed that this was the first statue of a Puritan pioneer erected In New England.
The five generations between John Bridge and Samuel James Bridge included a large number of eminent men. Matthew of the second generation lived in Lexington, and was a large landholder there, und an active and public-spirited citizen. His son was a soldier in King Philip's war, and was prominent in the church and in his native town. One of them was a pioneer in the settlement of Dresden, Maine. The Bridge Genealogy includes in its direct and collateral branches, " eminent lawyers, clergymen, physicians, an attorney general of the United States, judges of the highest courts, foreign ministers, a member of the cabinet, and a president of the United States.
Samuel James Bridge was the son of Samuel Bridge, who was born In Dresden, Maine, November 14, 1778. He lived in Boston for many years, and was a member of the firm of Shaw, Baker & Bridge. Later in life he removed to his native town of Dresden, Maine. His son Samuel James was educated in the public schools, and was ¡--ent at the age of twelve to Wiscasset, Maine, and placed under the tuition of Rev. Dr. Packard. He completed his preparation for college In the Latin School in Boston, but the lack of money prevented him from entering. He became a business man in Boston, and accumulated a large fortune, which he used in promoting various important public enterprises, in 1841 he was appointed Principal Appraiser in the Custom House in Boston. After twelve years' service there he was made Appraiser General of the Pacific Coast, and continued to serve seven and a half years. His work consisted of tfce supervision of all the customs on the Pacific Coast, Including California, Oregon and Washington. He retired from business a number of years ago, and spent his summers at the old home in Dresden, Maine. He travelled extensively in all parts of the World. He was never married. Harvard College conferred upon him the degree of Master of Arts In 1880.