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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution : and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

The great iron works of the United States,   pp. 475-495

Page 491

carded boop skirts turn up here at last to be decarbonized and con-
verted into anchors, steamboat shafts, and monster guns. Practical
persons are employed in this department to assort and arrange the
various qualities of metal, so that the kind suited to each particular
purpose may be had. The utmost attention is given to the assorting,
cutting, piling, balling, hammering and rolling of these scraps into
bars or billets to be used in the large forgings, and every thing depends
on faithful work in this department. The best of iron only, worked
with the greatest care, is put into shafts, guns, and other work where
great strength is needed. It is by good material, thoroughly worked
under the large hammers, that the deservedly high reputation of thq
forgings of this Company has been earned.
The Bridgewater Iron Company employ in the various departments
of their works about six hundred men. Among the employees are two
men who have been connected with the Works for nearly fifty years.
The Superintendent is MR. JAMES FERGUSON, a man of rare mechanical
skill, and who is the designer of the greater portion of the novel and
extraordinary machinery which has been alluded to ; and for the large
number of contracts for work during the last eight years, and close
attention to business, the Company are greatly indebted to Mr. GEORGE
B. STETSON, the resident Agent in New York. But the remarkable
success which has attended this Company is, no doubt, due in great
measure to the energy, sound judgment and great executive ability of
the Treasurer, NAHUM STETSON.
Mr. Stetson was appointed to the position he now occupies as chief
executive officer, after the decease of Mr. Lazell, in 1835. Under his
administration the Works have grown to their present importance, and
notwithstanding the onerdus duties imposed upon him by this con-
nection, he has also discharged the trusts of Treasurer of the Parker
Mills, Wareham, and the Weymouth Iron Company, to the entire satis-
faction of those corporations, as has been more than once acknowledged
by valuable testimonials.

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