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Safford, Nathaniel Foster
Nathaniel Safford
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 Safford, Nathaniel Foster.


From: One of a Thousand. A Series of Biographical Sketches of One Thousand Representative Men Resident in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, A.D. 1888-89. Compiled under the editorial supervision of John C. Rand. Boston: First National Publishing Company, 1890.

Safford, Nathaniel Foster, son of Nathaniel Foster and Hannah (Woodbury) Safford, was born in Salem, Essex County, September 19, 1815.

He fitted for college at the Latin grammar school in Salem; entered Dartmouth College, and graduated in 1835. He studied law with Hon. Asahel Huntington, of Salem, and commenced practice in Dorchester and Milton Village, where he since resided.

For over thirty years his office has been in Boston, where he has continued the pursuit of his profession, now extending in all over a period of nearly fifty years. In the early years of professional life he acted as a magistrate, and as master in chancery, exercising also jurisdiction under the operation of insolvent laws.

He was a representative to the General Court from the town of Dorchester in 1850 and ?51. In 1853 he succeeded Hon. Samuel P. Loud, as one of the board of county commissioners for the county of Norfolk, at the time when Roxbury, West Roxbury and Dorchester formed part of that county. Mr. Safford served as chairman of the board fifteen years, while living in Dorchester, and an additional term of six years while residing in Milton.

Mr. Safford has been instrumental in the entire extinguishment of corporate franchises in turnpikes and toll-bridges, and the establishment of free bridges and roads within those town limits; the location and relocation of highways, the remodeling of court-houses and prisons, and fire-proof apartments for records; also the location of railroad-crossings, and such local movements having for their object the welfare of that section of the county of Norfolk.

February 10, 1845, at Milton, he married Josephine Eugenia, daughter of Joseph (a descendant of George Morton, who arrived at Plymouth in 1623) and Mary (Wheeler) Morton. They have one child: Nathaniel Morton Safford.


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