A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for David M. READ
From the New York Times, December 6, 1873: OBITUARY. David M. Read. Ex-Senator David M. Read, President of the D. M. Read Company and the Read Carpet Company of Bridgeport, Conn., died yesterday. He had been iII just four weeks, and death was due to a general collapse of the nervous system. David M. Read was born at Hoosick Falls. N.Y., Oct. 12, 1832. His parents moved to North Adams, Mass., and he finished his education at Drury Academy in that place, going to Bridgeport in 1852. In 1857, in conjunction with the late W. B. Hall, he opened a dry goods store, the firm continuing In business until 1877. Hall & Read's then being the leading dry goods store. A few years previous to this Mr. Read, with his brother, Charles A. Read, began the manufacture of carpets, the concern now being called the Read Carpet Company. After Mr. Hall withdrew. the D. M. Read Company was organized, D. M. Read being President, and his two sons Charles B. and David F., being associated with him.
Mr. Read served eight years in the Connecticut National Guard as a Brigade Comissary, with the rank of Major. He represented the Bridgeport District in the State Senate in 1889 and 1891, and was President of the Senate during the famous deadlock. He was Chairman of the Connecticut World's Fair Managers, and was one of the speakers at the Fair on Connecticut Day. Oct. 11. In the last election he was a Democratic Presidential Elector. He was the first Alderman of Bridgeport, a Director in the Bridgeport National Bank, President of the Board of Trade for many years, and was a Director in various private corporations.
On Dec. 3, 1855 Major Read married Helen Augusta, daughter of Philo F. Barnum, who survives him, as also do two sons, Charles B. and David F., and one daughter, May L. Read. He leaves a large estate.
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