LEMUEL STANDISH,  the editor of the Stoughton Sentinel, was born in North Easton , Mass. , December 13, 1858 , son of David B. and Hannah G. (Ellis) Standish. His grandfather, Lemuel Standish, who was a shipbuilder of Bath, was accidentally killed when about sixty years old.

David B. Standish, horn in Bath, was a resident of Stoughton during the last fifteen years of his life. He was an engineer on the Boston & Providence Railroad; and in this capacity he had traveled constantly between the two cities for thirty-seven years, when he retired on a pension in 1880. At his death, which occurred in 1880, he was the oldest engineer in point of service on the road or in the country. By his wife, Hannah, who is a native of Dedham, Mass., and is now living in Stoughton with a daughter, he became the father of seven children. These were: Albert E.,  now an engineer on the N.Y., N. H. & H. Railroad; Henry A., now a conductor on the same road; David H., who is a wholesale dry-goods dealer in New York City; George E., in the dry-goods business  Boston; Lemuel W., the subject of this sketch; Ella L., who resides with her mother in Stoughton; and Elmer W., deceased. Albert married Miss Rebecca Capen, of Stoughton, and has four children - Miles, Ellis , Lucy, and Ethel; Henry married Miss Nellie Kinsley, of Stoughton, and has one child, Edward K.; David married Miss Anna Ellis, of  Stoughton ; George married Miss Jennie Graves, of Lynn , Mass. , and has one child, Jennie.  


Lemuel W. Standish graduated from the Stoughton High School in 1876. On leaving school he learned the printing business, serving an apprenticeship in Wakefield , Mass. , and working for four years in Boston . Then, returning to Stoughton , he went to work in the Sentinel office. In 1883 he bought the    

paper, which since that time has been under his management. The Sentinel, which was established in 1861 by William A. and W. H.Wood, of Stoughton , under Mr. Standish's management has been a bright progressive, and newsy weekly. In the well-equipped  office all kinds of job printing are also done. 


Mr. Standish was married in 1885 to Nettie A. Briggs; of Stoughton , and has four children - Rose, Karl, Clement, and Walker . An active Republican, he has been a member of the Republican Town Committee as secretary for the past ten years, is now serving his second term on the Republican State Committee, and is a member of that body's Executive Committee. He was the party candidate for Representative in the General Court in 1891, when he carried his own town in the face of an adverse party vote, and came within eighty votes of being elected in a district which gave four hundred Democratic majority. A Mason in good standing, he is Senior Warden of Rising Star Lodge; and he belongs to Lafayette Commandery, U. O. G. C.  He is a member of the Stoughton Musical Society,

and he has sung in the Congregational church choir for ten years. Mr. Standish is one of the leading young men of Stoughton , and has many friends.

Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County Massachusetts. (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pgs. 72-73.


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