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William Beggs
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1843
Durham Regional Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jan. 14, 1915
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

William Beggs learned the leather trade in Oshawa, Ontario. In 1861 he moved to Woburn, Massachusetts, where he worked as a currier in several tanneries. Eventually, he was made foreman at the White Osborn & Co., and later a partner there. "In 1880 he formed a partnership with Elisha W. Cobb, under the firm name of Beggs & Cobb, and erected a factory on the line of the Boston & Maine R.R. near Cross street. He later secured an interest in the business of Alexander Mosely, who had a large plant in Winchester [Massachusetts] and finally controlled it by purchase. The first factory was destroyed by fire and rebuilt.

"The leather firm of which he was the head continued business for 29 years under the name of Beggs & Cobb, when the business was incorporated under the laws of Maine [not Massachusetts], under the style of Beggs & Cobb, Inc., the officers of the corporation being William Beggs, President; Elisha W. Cobb, Treasurer; Daniel R. Beggs, Vice President...

"Mr. Beggs was one of the best known leather manufacturers of the country and as president of the firm..., his business connections were very extensive in foreign countries. The firm name through his energy and thorough knowledge of the tanning business, has occupied a place in the front rank as tanners of upper leather ever since the partnership was formed in 1880."

On February 20, 1873, Beggs married Mary Louise Richardson and they had three sons. He served as a Selectman, and later as a Councilman and Alderman in Woburn, and was a representative to the General Court of Massachusetts in 1896. He was a member of the Mt. Horeb Lodge, A.F. & A.M. (Freemasons), the Towanda Club, the Mishawum Club, the Woburn Brass Band, the Phalanx Associates, and helped organize Hose 5 of the Woburn Fire Department. He was also a director of the Woburn Five Cents Savings Bank and a member of the Boston Chamber of Commerce. In 1907, and again in 1909, he toured Europe with his wife and one of their sons.

Source: WOBURN DAILY TIMES, Jan. 14, 1915. 
Family links: 
  William Beggs (1800 - 1857)
  Catherine Pringle Beggs (1809 - 1892)
  Jane Beggs Smith (1832 - 1885)*
  Janet Beggs (1834 - 1862)*
  John Beggs (1836 - 1905)*
  Catherine Beggs (1839 - 1843)*
  Mary Ann Beggs (1841 - 1844)*
  William Beggs (1843 - 1915)
  Martha Beggs Bambridge (1845 - 1912)*
  Charles K. Beggs (1848 - 1884)*
  Thomas George Beggs (1851 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Woodbrook Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Johnson Ave., Lot 1066
Created by: Leon Edmund Basile
Record added: Aug 19, 2008
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William Beggs
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William Beggs
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 Added: Aug. 19, 2008

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