Thomas Prentiss

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Thomas Brigham Prentiss (August 29, 1809 [1] April 26, 1895) was an American-born merchant and politician in Quebec. He was mayor of Aylmer from 1878 to 1879. [2]

He was born in Chelsea, Orange County, Vermont, the son of Robert Prentiss, a blacksmith, and Susanna Wright, and was educated in Jericho, Vermont. Prentiss worked at a linen factory in Jericho and then came to Chelsea, Lower Canada in 1833. There he rented and repaired an old carding mill, which he operated for a time and also taught school. Prentiss then became a general merchant at Chelsea and also was the first postmaster there and served as a magistrate. He married Salome Brigham in 1835. In 1855, he moved to Aylmer, where he also served as magistrate. He later married Hannah Folsom Weymouth [1] after his first wife died in 1837 while giving birth. Prentiss served several terms on Aylmer city council both before and after serving as mayor. He was a founding member of the Aylmer Academy. [2]

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References

  1. 1 2 The Canadian Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-made Men: Quebec and Maritime Provinces. Vol. 2. American Biographical Publishing Company. 1881. pp. 115–16.
  2. 1 2 "Thomas Brigham Prentiss". Répertoire des élus municipaux de l’Outaouais de 1845 à 1975 (in French). Archives nationales du Québec.