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UPTON, George Bruce, manufacturer, born in Eastport, Maine, 11 October, 1804; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 1 July, 1874. He entered Harvard, but left a short time before he had completed his course, and entered business. He spent about three years in Boston, and then removed to Nantucket, where in 1825 he became partner in a firm that manufactured oils and candles, built ships, and was extensively engaged in the sperm-whale fisheries. While in Nantucket he was sent twice to the general court, and he was elected for three terms a member of the state senate. In 1845 he removed to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he established the Manchester print-works, and in 1846 he went to Boston. He was treasurer for eight years of the Michigan Central railroad, and built numerous clip-per-ships for the California and Pacific trade. He was a member of the executive council of the state in 1853, and of the constitutional convention of the same year. He was active during the civil war in measures for the relief of the sick and wounded soldiers, and made large contributions to the fund for procuring recruits. He opposed the Clarendon-Johnson treaty in regard to the Alabama, and in an open letter to Earl Russell controverted the arguments of that statesman. He was a sufferer from the great fire in Boston in 1872, but gave largely to the fund for the victims, and was the first to organize measures for their relief. Mr. Upton was an active member of the New England historic-genealogical society, and bore most of the expense of compiling and publishing Reverend John A. Vinton's "Upton Memorial" (Bath, Maine, 1874).
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