08 05 1861 Mayor Taber - City Common

08 05 1861 Mayor Taber - City Common

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This original document was a part of a collection from New Bedford, Mass. It is signed by the then Mayor, Isaac C. Taber and City Clerk, Sanford S. Horton. Payment references City Commons

Isaac C. Taber was the 7th mayor of New Bedford, Mass. He was elected in 1859 and served from 1960 until his death on September 29, 1862.

Taber was the son of Barnabas Taber & Mary Congdon, born in 1815 and was 47 years old when he died.

"As an adult, he was briefly a bank clerk and then a small businessman selling hardware and cutlery. He was first a member of the Young Men's Anti-Slavery Society and by October 1837 Chairman. The party was dedicated to ensuring that slavery was not extended to free American territories. They wanted the Missouri Compromise repealed. One of their party resolutions printed in the Morning Mercury said, We, therefore, demand of the National Government the enactment of a political organization forever excluding involuntary slavery from the territories of the United States." Peggi Medeiros

He was a Generation 7 Doty descendant via his great-grandmother, Susanna Lewis of Rochester, daughter of John Lewis & Elizabeth Doty. This lineage is traced to Barnabas in the Doty Silver Book, volume 3. A grandson of Benjamin Taber, Jr, a Generation 6 Cooke descendant noted in the Cooke Silver book and 2nd wife, widow Eunice (Worth) Gardiner, he was also a Generation 8 Cooke descendant. If the two men are 2nd cousins, the Henry Morehouse Taber in the Cooke section of this website would also be a Generation 7 Doty descendant. Info on Henry's great-grandfather Joseph Taber would be appreciated. As Isaac, born in 1815, died at only 47 in 1862 this photo was likely taken shortly before his death, during his tenure as mayor (1860-62.) A better quality image would also be appreciated. Photo from Thomas W. Cook, et al., New Bedford Massachusetts, Its History, Industries, Institutions, and Attractions (New Bedford: Mercury, 1889), n.p., digitized by the Library of Congress.