Timeline of New Bedford, Massachusetts

Last updated

The following is a timeline of the history of New Bedford, Massachusetts, United States.


Prior to 19th century

19th century

Friends Meeting House, New Bedford Friends Meeting House, Spring Street, New Bedford, MA, 1933, Library of Congress.png
Friends Meeting House, New Bedford
New Bedford Fire Museum New Bedford Fire Museum.jpg
New Bedford Fire Museum

20th century

21st century

See also

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dartmouth, Massachusetts</span> Town of historical importance in the United States

Dartmouth is a coastal town in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Old Dartmouth was the first area of Southeastern Massachusetts to be settled by Europeans, primarily English. Dartmouth is part of New England's farm coast, which consists of a chain of historic coastal villages, vineyards, and farms. June 8, 2014 marked the 350th year of Dartmouth's incorporation as a town. It is also part of the Massachusetts South Coast. The local weekly newspapers are The Dartmouth/Westport Chronicle and Dartmouth Week. The Portuguese municipality of Lagoa is twinned with the town; along with several other Massachusetts and Rhode Island towns and cities around Bristol County.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Fairhaven, Massachusetts</span> Town in Massachusetts, United States

Fairhaven is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It is located on the South Coast of Massachusetts where the Acushnet River flows into Buzzards Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. The town shares a harbor with the city of New Bedford, a place well known for its whaling and fishing heritage; consequently, Fairhaven's history, economy, and culture are closely aligned with those of its larger neighbor. The population of Fairhaven was 15,924 at the time of the 2020 census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">New Bedford, Massachusetts</span> City in Massachusetts, United States

New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. It is located on the Acushnet River in what is known as the South Coast region. Up through the 17th century, the area was the territory of the Wampanoag Native American people. English colonists bought the land on which New Bedford would later be built from the Wampanoag in 1652, and the original colonial settlement that would later become the city was founded by English Quakers in the late 17th century. The town of New Bedford itself was officially incorporated in 1787.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lawrence, Massachusetts</span> City in Massachusetts, United States

Lawrence is a city located in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, on the Merrimack River. At the 2020 census, the city had a population of 89,143. Surrounding communities include Methuen to the north, Andover to the southwest, and North Andover to the east. Lawrence and Salem were the county seats of Essex County, until the Commonwealth abolished county government in 1999. Lawrence is part of the Merrimack Valley.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Newburyport, Massachusetts</span> City in Massachusetts, United States

Newburyport is a coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States, 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Boston. The population was 18,289 at the 2020 census. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry, Newburyport includes part of Plum Island. The mooring, winter storage, and maintenance of recreational boats, motor and sail, still contribute a large part of the city's income. A Coast Guard station oversees boating activity, especially in the sometimes dangerous tidal currents of the Merrimack River.

Wamsutta Oil Refinery was established around 1861 in McClintocksville in Venango County near Oil City, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It was the first business enterprise of Henry Huttleston Rogers (1840–1909), who became a famous businessman, industrialist and financier.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wamsutta Mills</span> Textile manufacturing company

Wamsutta Mills is a former textile manufacturing company and current brand for bedding and other household products. Founded by Thomas Bennett, Jr. on the banks of the Acushnet River in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1846 and opened in 1848, Wamsutta Mills was named after Wamsutta, the son of a Native American chief who negotiated an early alliance with the English settlers of the Plymouth Colony. It was the first of many textile mills in New Bedford, and gradually led to cotton textile manufacturing overtaking whaling as the town's principal industry by the 1870s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Coast (Massachusetts)</span> Region of southeastern Massachusetts

The South Coast of Massachusetts is the region of southeastern Massachusetts consisting of the southern Bristol and Plymouth counties, bordering Buzzards Bay, and includes the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, the southeastern tip of East Taunton and nearby towns. The Rhode Island towns of Tiverton and Little Compton, located in Newport County, are often included within the South Coast designation due to regional similarities with adjacent communities.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Joseph Grinnell (politician)</span> American politician

Joseph Grinnell was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and friend of Abraham Lincoln, and the brother of Moses Hicks Grinnell.

This article is a timeline of the history of the city of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

This is a timeline of the history of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States.

This is a timeline of the history of the city of Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA.

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America.

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

The following is a timeline of the history of the city of Manchester, New Hampshire, United States.

The following is a timeline of the history of Somerville, Massachusetts, US.

The following is a timeline of the history of Lynn, Massachusetts, USA.

The following is a timeline of the history of Lowell, Massachusetts, US.

The following is a timeline of the history of Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Old Dartmouth</span> Region of colonial Massachusetts

Old Dartmouth was the first area of Southeastern Massachusetts settled by Europeans. It was purchased on behalf of the Plymouth Colony in 1652 from the indigenous Wampanoag people. The lands included all of modern-day Dartmouth, New Bedford, Westport, Fairhaven, and Acushnet in current day Massachusetts, as well as parts of modern Tiverton and Little Compton In Rhode Island, an area of around 145,000 individuals in the modern area.


  1. Murphy, Justin D. (2022). American Indian Wars: the essential reference guide. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, An imprint of ABC-CLIO. ISBN   978-1-4408-7509-0.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Britannica 1910.
  3. 1 2 Morse 1797.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "US Newspaper Directory". Chronicling America. Washington DC: Library of Congress. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Taber 1852.
  6. 1 2 3 Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990, U.S. Census Bureau, 1998
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Crapo 1836.
  8. "Frederick Douglass Chronology". Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  9. "New Bedford Streets; A Piece of Americana: Rodney French Boulevard - New Bedford Guide". New Bedford Guide. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
  10. Edward Edwards (1869), Free Town Libraries: Their Formation, Management, and History in Britain, France, Germany & America, New York: J. Wiley, OCLC   1385548, OL   6921178M
  11. Proceedings on the occasion of laying the corner-stone of the library edifice, for the Free Public Library, of the city of New Bedford, August 28, 1856, New Bedford, Mass.: E. Anthony, 1856, OCLC   8693441, OL   6999890M
  12. George H. H. Allen (1923), New Bedford Five Cents Savings Bank, New Bedford, Mass.: [Reynolds, printer], OCLC   18996332, OL   13522925M
  13. "Soule", Men of progress: one thousand biographical sketches and portraits of leaders in business and professional life in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston: New England Magazine, 1896
  14. Davies Project. "American Libraries before 1876". Princeton University. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  15. 1 2 Barcellos, Robert (29 November 1970). "French Sharpshooters disband after nearly 80 years". Sunday Standard-Times. Archived from the original on 17 November 2019. Retrieved 17 November 2019. The Club of French Sharpshooters was incorporated on Sept. 26, 1892
  16. "New Bedford-Fairhaven Middle Bridge, Spanning Acushnet River on U.S. Highway 6, New Bedford, Bristol County, MA". Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress). Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  17. "Flies invade New Bedford". New York Times. June 9, 1903.
  18. Upton, Austin. "IWW Yearbook 1910". IWW History Project. University of Washington . Retrieved 19 April 2016.
  19. "An Injury to One an Injury to All". Industrial Worker . Vol. 2, no. 9. 21 May 1910. p. 1.
  20. "History". Zeiterion Performing Arts Center. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  21. "Who We Are". New Bedford: Your Theatre, Inc. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  22. Robin D. G. Kelley and Earl Lewis, ed. (2005). "Chronology". To Make Our World Anew: a History of African Americans. Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0-19-983893-6.
  23. "New Bedford Historical Commission". City of New Bedford. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  24. Reference Department, New Bedford Free Public Library, December 30, 2014
  25. "Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship Society" . Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  26. "History". New Bedford Folk Festival. Archived from the original on 12 August 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  27. "City of New Bedford Official Home Page". Archived from the original on 1996-12-21 via Internet Archive, Wayback Machine.
  28. "New Bedford Museum of Glass" . Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  29. "Meet the Mayors". Washington, DC: United States Conference of Mayors. Archived from the original on June 27, 2008. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  30. First cargo ship arrives New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, New Bedford Guide.com, July 6, 2015
  31. "$113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle", Boston Globe, August 30, 2015



41°38′10″N70°56′05″W / 41.636111°N 70.934722°W / 41.636111; -70.934722