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September 26, 1840, and there attended the parochial
schools, being fitted to enter college at the age of
fifteen years. He then entered St. Lawrence College,
near Montreal, completing his course and making his
decision between the three professions open to him,
law, medicine, or divinity. His choice of the law later
aided his brother, Francis Xavier Choquet, to decide
upon that profession, and later he became judge of the
Court of Quarterly Sessions for the District of Mont-
real, and commissioner of extradition for Canada. In
September, 1862, the young man, Ambrose Choquet,
entered the office of Rover Roy, city solicitor of Mont-
real, and studied under his preceptorship for three
years, following at the same time the law course of
McGill University, acquitting himself favorably, and in
1865 receiving from McKill his degree, B. C. L., at grad-
uation, his thesis on insurance law receiving honorable
mention.

Mr. Choquet was admitted to the bar of Lower Can-
ada, November 7, 1865, and located for practice in the
city of Montreal, and there continued until 1882, becom-
ing well established. He was frequently called upon to
draft important bills requiring carefully considered legal
phraseology, many measures passed by the Quebec
Legislature and the Canadian Parliament emannting
from his pen. In 1882 he abandoned his Montreal prac-
tice and prospects, settling in the city of Rochester,
N. Y., where he was admitted to the Monroe county
bar, and in association with Alfred Ely, of the Rochester
bar, practiced for three years, 1882-85. The following
three years were spent in journalistic work in editorial
connection with newspapers in Plattsburg, N. Y., and
Worcester, Mass., the law being temporarily abandoned.
In 1888, with Grover Cleveland, a candidate for reelec-
tion to the Presidency of the United States, the Wor-
cester paper, with which Mr. Choquet was connected,
decided to editorially support President Cleveland
against Benjamin Harrison. This was exceedingly dis-



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tasteful to Mr. Choquet, who had allied himself with
the Republican party, and sooner than write in contra-
diction to his private opinions, resigned his position, a
happy circumstance, which returned him to his profes-
sion.

.After resigning his newspaper post, he applied for
admission to the Massachusetts bar, and in November,
1888, was admitted, opening a law office in Worcester,
and also one in Pawtucket, R. I. He continued in
Worcester until November, 1890, then was admitted to
the Rhode Island bar and moved to Central Falls, which
has ever since been his home. He practiced privately
until 1893. then was elected judge of probate of the
town of Lincoln, in which town Central Falls is located.
He continued judge of probate for the town until
Central Falls became a chartered city in 1895, then was
elected to the same office by the City Council, continu-
ing until February. 1900. On February 0, 1899, Judge
Choquet was admitted to the bar of the United States
Circuit Court, and in October, 1899, was appointed
judge of the District Court, of the Eleventh Judicial
District, Governor Elisha Dyer appointing him to fill
the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Frederick
N. Gofl. The January session of the General .Assembly
of 1900 confirmed the Governor's appointment, and by
successive reiilections he has continued on the bench of
this court until the present, 1918, a just, impartial,
learned judge. He is a member of the local and State
bar associations, holds fraternal relations with West-
minster Lodge, No. 27, Independent Order of Odd Fel-
lows; is a charter member of Lafayette Lodge, Knights
of Pythias ; and interested in many of the organizations
of his city, professional, philanthropic and social.

Judge Choquet married, in Montreal, Canada. May
27, 1867, Alexandria LeNoir, of that city. Among their
children were: Joseph P., connected with the Provi-
dence Printing Company; .Ambrose H., deceased, who
was with the Providence "News," a Democrat; J. B.
Arthur, with the Pawtucket "Gazette and Chronicle;"
all practical compositors and printers; Alphonse R., a
commercial traveler; and Mary Louise, who resides at
home.



ALLEN A. PRESBREY— The manufacture of
wooden bo.xcs in the city of Providence, R. I., was the
business of Allen A. Presbrey, as early as 1870. He
came to that city from his native Taunton, Mass., and
the business he then founded took form as Presbrey &
Stone, a firm name that prevailed for a number of years.
This was the forerunner of the present corporation,
.A. .A. Presbrey Son & Co.. manufacturers of packing
bo.xcs and general woodwork, of which company .Allen
A. Presbrey is president; his son, Walter .A. Presbrey,
secretary ; Howard .A. Presbrey. another son, assistant
secretary. The factory and planing mill, operated by the
company, have long stood at the corner of Summer and
Meadow streets. Providence, and for more than half a
century has been in the Presbrey name. The father and
founder has now surrendered the heavier burdens of
management, while the additional responsibilities have
been on the shoulders of his sons, who have long been
his business associates.

.Allen A. Presbrey was born in Taunton, Mass., in
1845, was there educated, and spent his youth. From



Taunton and Fall River, he came to Providence, R. I.,
and as a member of the firm, Presbrey & Stone, began
the manufacture of wooden bo.xcs, a business with which
he has ever since been connected. The present business
is operated as the .\. A. Presbrey Son & Co.. of which
.Allen A. Presbrey is the president and treasurer.

Mr. Presbrey lias been active in public life, serving
his city as a member of Common Council, in 1897 and
1898, and Commissioner of North Burial Ground. He
is a member of the Church of the Meditator, of which
he was treasurer for many years, and in his political
faith he is a Republican.

Mr. Presbrey married Ellen H. Peckham. They are
the parents of two sons: i. Walter A., born in Provi-
dence, R. I., in 1867; a civil engineer by profession,
city engineer for a number of years, but has since been
associated with his father in business, and is now secre-
tary of .A. A. Presbrey Son & Co., an ex-councilman,
and now a police commissioner of the city of Provi-
dence. He married Ada Moore. 2. Howard A., born
in 1876, now assistant secretary of A. A. Presbrey, Son
& Co. The Presbrey family home is at No. 131 Broad-
way.



JULIUS CLARK GALLUP, D.D.S., for many years
one of the leading dentists of Bristol, R. I., and the
surrounding region, is a member of one of the oldest
and most distinguished families of New England,
which has spread to all parts of that district and is now
widely represented. The Gallup family had its origin
in Dorsetshire, England, where the early ancestors of
Dr. Gallup resided in the Parish of Mosterne.

(I) The founder of most of the branches of the
family in this country was one John Gallup, a son of
John Gallup, who came from the family home and sailed
on the ship "Mary and John" from Plymouth, Eng-
land, March 20, 1630. He arrived at Nantasket, now
Hull, on the thirtieth of May following, and first went
to Dorchester, but shortly afterwards made his home
at Boston, to which place he was followed by his family
in 1633. He was admitted to the first church of Boston,
January 6, 1634. and in the same year was made a
freeman. He was the owner of Gallup's Island, where
he had a farm, and also a town house at Boston. He
was well-known as a mariner, and after the settlement
of the Rhode Island and Connecticut colonies his ves-
sels were about the only means of communication be-
tween them and the original Massachusetts Bay settle-
ments. It was he who in September, 1633, succeeded in
piloting the ship "Griffin" of three hundred tons,
through a newly found channel, having on board a
number of distinguished citizens of New England,
including the Rev. John Cotton, the Rev. John Hooker,
founder of Hartford, and the Rev. Mr. Stone, together
with some two hundred other passengers. His death
occurred January II, 1650, at Boston. John Gallup
married Christobel , who died at Boston. Sep-
tember 27, 1655. They were the parents of the follow-
ing children: John, mentioned below; Joan, Samuel,
and Nathaniel, all of whom were born in England.

(II) Capt. John (2) Gallup, son of John (i) and
Christobel Gallup, was a native of England, and came
with his mother to .America in 1633 to join his father
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self as a gallant warrior in the Indian wars, and par-
ticularly in the Pequot War, where he bore himself with
such distinction that he was rewarded by the General
Court of Connecticut, in 1651, with a grant of one
hundred acres of land at New London. He repre-
sented that town in the General Court of Connecticut
in 1665 and 1667. At the time of the outbreak of King
Philip's War, although he was then over sixty years of
age, he took command of the warriors from the friendly
Indian tribe of the Mohegans, and joined forces with
Captain John Mason in command of the colonists.
This little army took part in the sanguinary "Swamp
Fight' at Narragansett, December 19, 1675, and Cap-
tain Gallup was one of those who fell while leading his
men to the storming of the fort. His death was felt
as a great blow by the colonists. Captain Gallup mar-
ried, in 1644, Hannah Lake, a daughter of John and
Margaret Lake, and they were the parents of the fol-
lowing children : Hannah, born at Boston, Sept. 14,
1644, married June 18, 1672, Stephen Gifford, of Nor-
wich, Conn. ; Esther, born at New London, Conn., March
24, 1653, and became the wife of Henry Hodges, of
Taunton, Mass.; Benadan, mentioned below; William,
born in 1658; Samuel; Christobel, who became the wife
of Peter Carey, of Groton ; Elizabeth, who married
Henry Stevens, of Stonington; Mary, who married
John Cole; Margaret, who became the wife of Joseph
Culver, of Groton.

(III) Benadan Gallup, son of Captain John (2) and
Hannah (Lake) Gallup, was born at Stonington, in the
year 1655, and died August 2, 1727. He made his home
at Stonington during Iiis entire life, and he and his wife
were members of the church there. He married Esther
Prentice, born July 20, 1660, a daughter of John and
Esther Prentice, of New London. The death of Mrs.
Gallup occurred May 18, 1751. They were the parents
of the following children: Hannah, bom in 1683;
Esther, bom in 1685; Mercy, born in 1689; Benadan,
mentioned below ; Joseph, born in 1695 ; Margaret, bom
in 1698; and Lucy, born in 1701.

(IV) Lieutenant Benadan (2) Gallup, son of Ben-
adan (i) and Esther (Prentice) Gallup, was born at
Groton, Conn., in the year 1693, and died September
30. '755- He married, January 11, 1716, Eunice Cobb,
whose death occurred February i, 1759, at the age of
sixty-three. They were the parents of the following
children : Benadan, mentioned below ; Esther, born
Feb. 24, 1718; Eunice and Lois (twins), born March
29, 1721; William, born July 4, 1723; Henry, born Oct.
5, 1725; Nathan, born in the year 1727; Ebenezer;
Thomas P., baptized July 28, 1734; Hannah, and Sarah.

(V) Colonel Benadan (3) Gallup, son of Lieuten-
ant Benadan (2) and Eunice (Cobb) Gallup, was born
October 26, 1716, at Groton, Conn. He was an officer
in the Revolutionary War and distinguished himself in
that historic struggle. He was with the second battal-
ion of Wadsworth's militia brigade raised in June,
1776, and was at the Brooklyn front, battle of Long
Island, August 27, 1766; in the retreat to New York,
August 27-30; in the retreat from New York City,
September 15, and with the main army at White Plains.
His death occurred at Groton, May 19, 1800. Colonel
Gallup married, August 11, 1740, Hannah Avery, of
Groton, who died July 28, 1799. They were the parents



of the following children: Benadan, born July 29,
1741 ; Isaac, mentioned below; Hannah, born Nov. 4,
1744; Esther, born Dec. 9, 1746; James, born May i,
1749; Jesse, born Feb. 2, 1751; John, born Jan, 13, 1753;
Prudence, born Jan. 30, 1755; Susan, born in 1756;
Josiah, born in 1760; and Abigail, born in 1762.

(VI) Captain Isaac Gallup, son of Colonel Benadan
(3) and Hannah (Avery) Gallup, was born December
22, 1742, at Groton, and died at Ledyard, August 3,
1814. Like his father he served in the Revolutionary
War and attained the rank of captain. He married
Anna Smith, a daughter of Nehemiah and Abigail
(Avery) Smith, born December 8, 1765. They were the
parents of the following children: Anna, born Sept. 3,
1787; Isaac, bom Jan. 21, 1789; Russell, born April 11,
1791 ; Sarah, born Nov. 9, 1792; Jabesh, bom Aug. 23,
1794; ."^very, born April 6, 1796; Elias, born April 14,
1798; Erastus, born July 31, 1800; Shubael, born March
6, 1802; and Elihu, mentioned below.

(VII) Elihu Gallup, youngest child of Captain Isaac
and Anna (Smith) Gallup, and father of Dr. Julius C.
Gallup, was born at Ledyard, Conn., Dec. 12, 1806. He
removed to Norwich, Conn., where he continued to
reside until his death, which occurred August 25, 1858.
He married Emily Clark, and among their children was
Dr. Julius C. Gallup, with whose career we are here
especially concerned.

(VIII) Dr. Julius C. Gallup, son of Elihu and Emily
(Clark) Gallup, was born January 19, 1840, at Norwich,
Conn., and spent his childhood there. It was there that
he received the preparatory portion of his education,
attending for that purpose the local public schools, and
his father also provided him with private tutors. He
was a very precocious child, and at the age of fifteen
went to Oberlin, Ohio, and was a student at the public
schools there. Shortly afterwards he returned to Nor-
wich and it was in the high school there that he was
prepared for college. Dr. Gallup had determined upon
dentistry as a profession at an early age, and upon
completing his studies at the Norwich High School he
entered the office of Dr. S. L. Geer, of that place, whom
he assisted, and thus learned the practice of his calling.
It was in 1862, the days of his apprenticeship being
over, that Dr. Gallup first entered the practice of his
profession on his own account, and the scene of his
first venture was Mystic, Conn. Two years later he
removed to Bristol, where he has continued ever since,
and is now a leading member of his profession in the
community, enjoying the confidence of the entire com-
munity and his colleagues in particular. Dr. Gallup
owes the high place that he occupies to-day entirely to
his own efforts. He is undoubtedly naturally qualified
for success in his chosen calling and his skill and dex-
terity is in part the gift of inheritance, but in far
greater measure it comes from his own constant study
and indefatigable practice over a period of about half
a century. Dr. Gallup has devoted himself to his pro-
fessional tasks and duties with the most single-minded
devotion, and although keenly interested in public
affairs and issues, and a staunch Republican in politics,
has never found time nor opportunity to take part in
local affairs. In his religious belief he is a Congrega-
tionalitt and has for many years attended the church of
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Dr. Gallup was united in marriage, October 25. 1864,
with Mary E. Harvey, and they became the parents of
the following children: Mary Esther, born Sept. 3,
1866, graduated from the Boston Dental College. June
21, 1893, and became the wife of A. W. Harlan, D. D.
S.,' of New York; Dr. Jennie H., born Oct. 14, 1867,
graduated from the Boston Dental (now Tufts) Col-
lege, with the degree of D. D. S., and was granted the
post-graduate degree of D. M. D., in IQ06, and is now
associated with her father in his practice here; Annie
C, born Nov. 22, 1868, and became the wife of J. F.
Roach, of Dorchester, Mass.; Julius Clark, Jr., born
March 5, 1871, a graduate of the dental department of
Tufts College, and now a practicing dentist; Edward
Clark, born Oct. 28. 1874. a graduate of Tufts College,
dental department.



EUGENE PHILLIPS PLATT— From early life
Mr. Piatt has been in occupations which have brought
him before the public, his earliest experiences being as
a page in the Rhode Island Legislature and later a
page in the National Congress at Washington. As
founder and manager of the Inlaid Company, of Prov-
idence, manufacturing French Ivory Novelties, he has
established himself firmly in the business world, that
corporation, established under the laws of the State of
Rhode Island, being a prosperous and profitable enter-
prise. Eugene P. Piatt, is a son of John A. and Emma
(Bowne) Piatt, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y.

John A. Piatt, born in 1839, came to Providence in
m.mhood and engaged in the drug business, becoming
a member of the firm of Corliss, Metcalf & Piatt,
Blanding & Blanding now occupj-ing the site used by the
first named firm. Mr. Piatt withdrew from the drug
business to enter the jewelry business as a member of
Corliss, Metcalf, Piatt & Company, later, Walter While
& Company, then Foster & Bailey. John A. Piatt died
February i, 1902; his wife died in the year 19OO. aged
fifty-nine. They were the parents of eleven children,
five sons and a daughter now living; F. B., president of
the Inlaid Company, of Providence; Charles E. B., a
salesman with F. W. Foster Brothers; William H.,
stock manager with the Foster Brothers; Eugene P.,
of further mention ; Chester, an undertaker with J. W.
Carpenter & Sons ; the daughter is a resident of South
Atlanta, Ga.

Eugene P. Piatt was born in Providence, R. I., Sep-
tember 4, 1869, and was there educated in the public
schools; Murray's .\cademy, and Bryant & Stratton's
Business College. He secured appointment as page in
the Rhode Island Legislature, and later occupied a
similar position in Newport, R. I. He began business
life with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Com-
pany, remaining eighteen months, then for nine months
was in the employ of Foster & Bailey, silversmiths and
jewelers. His next business venture was undertaken on
his own account, manufacturing Albertype pictures with
a plant on High street. A year later he began the
manufacture of French Ivory Novelties on Eddy street.
Providence, his force consisting of six people. He re-
mained on Eddy street for two years, then moved to
Cyr street, where fifty hands were employed, and three
years later moved to his present location. No. 1058
Broad street. Providence, where two hundred hands



are necessary to meet the demands of the trade. The
president of the company is F. B. Piatt, a brother of
Eugene P. Piatt, who is treasurer and general man-
ager. The products of the Inlaid Company, incorpor-
ated under the laws of the State of Rhode Island, with
a capital of $25,000, are sold all over the United States
by travelling salesmen of the company, and agencies
established in Australia, New Zealand and Spain. The
company is the largest of its kind in Rhcde island and
one of the largest in the United States.

Mr. Piatt married, in Providence, December 10, 1900,
Maud H. Ricketts, daughter of Samuel and Nancy
Ricketts.



JOHN PRESCOTT FARNSWORTH— Capable,
energetic and progressive, Mr. Farn.swortli has won his
way through all the intermediate positions to the ex-
ecutive control of one of Rhode Island's oldest busi-
ness corporations, the Providence Dyeing, Bleaching and
Calendering Company. For thirty-three years he has
been connected with that company, beginning as agent,
and in his special line his word is a recognized author-
ity. Courteous and considerate, upright and honorable.
he has won highest personal standing, and numbers his
warm friends both within and without his business
world.

He is the son of Claudius Buchanan Farnsworth,
grandson of Luke Farnsworth, of Groton. Mass., and
great-grandson of Major Amos Farnsworth, a brave
officer of the Revolution. Major Amos Farnsworth was
a son of Amos Farnsworth, a man of striking appear-
ance, six feet and four inches in height, who, when
lands in Canada were opened for settlement, obtained
grants for settlement of land which he secured and
improved, but he was unable to hold title, and in 1774
returned to Groton. Mass. On December 5, 1775, he
was drowned with his youngest son, Benjamin, while
attempting to cross the Nashua river in a small boat.
This Amos Farnsworth was a son of Benjainin Farns-
worth, a landowner of Groton, and a grandson of
Matthias Farnsworth, the founder of the family in New
England. Matthias Farnsworth is first of record at
Lynn. Mass., in 1657, but later moved to Groton, Mass.,
where he died January 21, 1689, aged about seventy-
seven. Groton was long the family seat, but Claudius
Buchanan Farnsworth. of the sixth generation, aban-
doned the family acres, and after embracing the law
located at Pawtucket, R. I., and there his son, John
Prescott Farnsworth, of Providence, was born.

Claudius Buchanan Farnsworth was born January 8,
181 5, and died May 19, 1897. He was a grailuate of
Harvard University, A. B., 1841, and prepared for the
practice of law at Harvard Law School and under the
preceptorship of Timothy G. Coffin, a member of the
Bristol county bar, located at New Bedford. He was
admitted to the same bar in 1844, at Taunton, but at
once located at Pawtucket, then in Massachusetts, but
since 1862, a city of Rhode Island. He practiced his
profession there until 1859, then was chosen treasurer
of the Dunnell Manufacturing Company, a post he
filled until 1881, then resigned and resumed the practice
of law. His second son, Claude J,, later became his
father's law partner, and as Farnsworth & Farnsworth
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Pawtucket until the death of the senior partner in 1897.
In addition to his law work, Claudius B. Farnsworth
prepared and published in i8qi a "Monograph of Mat-
thias Farnsworth and His Descendants," which later
formed a basis for a more pretentious work by another.

Claudius B. Farnsworth married. February 27, 1851,
Marianna Mclntire, who died in Pawtucket. August 10,
1904, daughter of Joseph and Ann (Mayberry) Mc-
lntire. They were the parents of two sons and a
daughter : John Prescott, of further mention ; Claude
J., born Dec. 15, 1862. his father's law partner and
successor; Abby Mclntire, born Nov. 11, 1864.

John Prescott Farnsworth. of the seventh .American
generation of his family, was bom at Pawtucket. R. I.,
February 19, 1S60. He attended public schools of Prov-
idence, R. I., also a private school taught by Rev.
Charles H. Wheeler under whom he completed college
preparation. In 1877 he entered Harvard University,
whence he was graduated A. B., class of 1881. With
this fine mental equipment he entered business life as
a clerk, and from that entrance has gone steadily up-
ward to his present post. He began with the Lonsdale
Company, manufacturers of cotton goods at Lonsdale,
R. I., where he remained as clerk until January, 1885,
when he was sent to Great Falls, N. H., to superintend
the construction of the bleacheries being erected by
the Great Falls Manufacturing Company, continuing
there until their completion the following July. He
then returned to Rhode Island, locating at Providence
in July, 1885, then and there beginning his long and im-
portant connection with the Providence Dyeing, Bleach-
ing and Calendering Company. His first position was
as agent of the company, an office to which that of
treasurer was added in 1889. He continued as agent
and treasurer until 1903, when he was elected president
of the old and substantial corporation, one which his
genius for financial and executive management has so
wonderfully developed and enlarged. He has confined
himself largely to his own special field of business
effort and has few outside interests. In politics a
Repul)lican, he has served his city as councilman from
the Ninth Ward; and in religious faith an Episcopalian,
serving St. James parish, Providence, as vestryman and
clerk. He is a master Mason, and past master of
Orpheus Lodge, No. 36, Free and Accepted Masons;
a companion of Providence Chapter, No. i, Royal Arch
Masons ; and a sir knight of Calvary Commandery, No.
13, Knights Templar; all Providence Masonic bodies.
His clubs are the Hope. Squantum, Turk's Head, and
University, of Providence, and the .Arkwright and
Harvard, of New York City.

Mr. Farnsworth married Margaret Cochran Bar-
boni, November 25, 1885. Children: John P., Jr.. born
Feb. 8, 1888; William B., Sept. 7, i8gi ; Claudius R.,