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Taft, George, House - Uxbridge, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 03.689 W 071° 38.261
19T E 281755 N 4659969
Quick Description: The George Taft house is located on Richardson Street in Uxbridge
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 4:22:11 AM
Waymark Code: WM54C0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 12

Long Description:
The American Taft family began with Robert Taft, Sr who immigrated to Braintree, Massachusetts circa, 1675. There was early settlement at Mendon, Massachusetts circa 1669 and again in 1680 at what was later Uxbridge, after the King Phillip's War ended.[1] Robert's homestead was in western Mendon, in what later became Uxbridge, and his son was on the founding board of selectmen. In 1734, Benjamin Taft started an iron forge, in Uxbridge, where some of the earliest beginnings of America's industrial revolution began. Robert Taft's son, Daniel, a justice of the peace in Mendon had a son Josiah Taft, later of Uxbridge,[1] who died in 1756. Josiah's widow became "America's first woman voter", Lydia Chapin Taft, when she voted in three Uxbridge town meetings.[2] President George Washington visited Samuel Taft's Tavern in Uxbridge in 1789 on his "innaugural tour" of New England. [3] President William Howard Taft's grandfather, Peter Rawson Taft I, was born in Uxbridge in 1785.[4] The Hon. Bezaleel Taft, Sr., Lydia's son, left a legacy of five generations or more of public service, including at least three generations in the state legislature of Tafts in Massachusetts.[5][6][7] Ezra Taft Benson, Sr, a famous Mormon Pioneer, lived here between 1817-1835, and married his first wife Pamela, of Northbridge, in 1832.[9] This family eventually became an American political dynasty
County / Borough / Parish: Worcester

Year listed: 1983

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1800-1824

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Residence

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Street address: Not listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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