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Henry B. Pierce

Henry Bailey Pierce
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15th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
Preceded by Oliver Warner
Succeeded by William M. Olin
Personal details
Born August 6, 1841[1]
Duxbury, Massachusetts[1]
Died April 1898[2][3]
Abington, Massachusetts[1]
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) C. Elvira Carew; married October 19, 1861, b. Sept. 26, 1839; died, April 9, 1862.[4]
Augusta Arnold; married December 31, 1865, b. September. 6, 1841, d. February 10, 1882.[4]
Fanny B. Pease; married April 25, 1883, b. Oct. 19, 1843.[4]
Children Eugene E. Pierce, b. April 16, 1868;[5]
Anne G. Pierce, b. May 31, 1877.[5]
Residence Abington, Massachusetts[1]
Profession Insurance executive
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army[1]
Years of service October 14, 1861-July 10, 1865[5]
Rank Captain[1]
Unit 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry[1][5]
Battles/wars American Civil War

Henry Bailey Pierce was a Massachusetts insurance executive[2] and politician who served as Secretary of the Commonwealth[2][3] from 1876 - 1891.

Early life

Pierce was born on August 6, 1841 in Duxbury, Massachusetts.[1]

Family life

Pierce married three times, first to C. Elvira Carew, they were married on October 19, 1861, she died on April 9, 1862.[4] Pierce then married Augusta Arnold on December 31, 1865, she died on February 10, 1882.[4] On April 25, 1883 Pierce married his third wife Fanny B. Pease.[4]


Pierce had two children, Eugene E. Pierce, born on April 16, 1868,[5] and Anne G. Pierce, born May 31, 1877.[5]

Military service

Pierce served in the 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers[1][5] during the American Civil War.[1] Pierce enlisted on October 14, 1861 and he was discharged on July 10, 1865.[5]

Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth

Pierce served as Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth for sixteen years, from 1876 to 1891.

Business career

Pierce was the president of the Abington Mutual Fire Insurance Company,[2] and the Boston manager or the American Surety Company.[2]


Pierce died at his home in Abington, Massachusetts in April 1898.[1][2]


External links

  • New York Times Obituary
Political offices
Preceded by
Oliver Warner
15th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
1876 - 1891
Succeeded by
William M. Olin
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