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Thomas Mandell was born in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1792. In 1819 he joined Isaac Howland Jr. & Company of New Bedford, Mass., a firm founded by Isaac Howland Jr. (1755-1834) and his son-in-law, Gideon Howland Jr. (1770-1847). The company, originally interested in the merchant trade, later expanded to include whaling in its activities and served as agent for up to thirty vessels. Edward Mott Robinson (1800-1865) joined the firm in 1833, and following Gideon Howland Jr.'s death, his daughter, Sylvia Ann Howland (1806-1865), became a partner. Robinson withdrew from the firm in 1861 and moved to New York City, N. Y., leaving Thomas Mandell to continue the business until his death in 1870. Mandell's son, Edward D. Mandell (1821-1897), was also involved in whaling, acting first as an independent agent and later as a partner in the firm Charles R. Tucker & Company of New Bedford. Edward invested in local and western industries and western railroads and served as trustee and executor of Sylvia Ann Howland's estate.
The papers of Thomas Mandell principally reflect his business activities as a member of Isaac Howland Jr. & Company, New Bedford, Mass. Materials of note include ship's papers, among which are: Sea letters, Whalemens' Shipping Papers, insurance policies, legal records, an account book, and bills of sale, dating 1818-1892, for such whaling vessels as the Ships California and Mercury and the Brig Triton. Other materials relating to his business, but which also reflect his personal investing activities, include financial records, 1804-1869, consisting of accounts, claims and creditors records, promissory notes, insurance records, certificates, and bills and receipts; and labor records, 1853-1865, which include accounts of discharging, repairing, and fitting vessels. These records are supplemented by legal documents, 1803-1867, including deeds and leases; records of the trust fund for Abby Slocum Howland Robinson (1809-1860) which Mandell administered, principally consisting of accounts, receipts, and deeds, dating 1834-1869; the records of Mandell's personal estate, 1870, 1883; and incoming and outgoing business and personal correspondence, 1848-1870.
The bulk of Edward D. Mandell's papers consist of financial records, 1841-1886; legal documents, 1870-1878; and correspondence, 1869-1885, most of which relates to his investment activities in such companies as the Milwaukee Iron Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (currently part of United States Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad Company, Saginaw, Michigan (later known as Pere Marquette Railroad Company), the Des Moines Valley Railroad Company, Des Moines, Iowa, and American Plate Glass Company, Detroit, Michigan, through the brokerage firm of Samuel P. Burt & Company, New Bedford, Mass. This material also includes records concerning bankruptcy claims filed by the Milwaukee Iron Company in 1875. Another significant group of documents in Mandell's papers reflects his administration of Sylvia Ann Howland's estate and includes correspondence, legal briefs, insurance policies, and accounts, spanning the years 1834 to 1885, some of which relate to Thomas Mandell's service as administrator of the estate prior to 1870. In addition, Edward Mandell's papers include records of the settlement of his personal estate, 1894-1909.
The papers of Thomas and Edward D. Mandell are arranged in Sub-groups 1 and 2, respectively. Sub-group 3 contains the papers of members of the Howland family, namely Gideon Howland (1734-1823) and his sons: William Howland 2nd (1756-1840), Cornelius Howland (1758-1835), and Gideon Howland Jr. as well as Isaac Howland (1726-1811), Gideon's cousin, and Isaac's son, Isaac Howland Jr. These materials are arranged chronologically and include deeds, indentures, estate records, accounts, bills, and receipts, dating 1796-1843. The papers of Thomas Mandell's father, Lemuel Mandell (fl.1734-1807), and a relative, Ellis Mandell (b.1806), are arranged in Sub-group 4 and consist of deeds dating 1748-1832. Sub-group 5 encompasses the papers of Edward Mott Robinson which include deeds and leases, a note, and insurance policies and premium receipts relating to the settlement of his estate, dating 1841-1858, 1872-1883.
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Removed to Printed Collection
- City of New Bedford. "Assessors' notice," 1906.
- City of New Bedford. "Indebtedness of the city of New Bedford," 1875.
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "An Act to ascertain the Rateable Estate within this Commonwealth," 1881.
- Swain Free School, New Bedford, Mass. "Courses of Study for 1882-1883. . .," 1882.
Removed to Objects Collection
- Business card of Fred E. Harris, Boston, Mass., 1884.
Individual items in this collection were given to the Old Dartmouth Historical Society by Mary Rodman in 1918; P. L. Haskell in 1923; Charles H. Taylor in 1924; Mrs. Orin Q. Flint Sr. on 27 April 1935; Charles R. Phillips Sr. on 30 April 1965; Almira F. Hillman on 23 July 1965; and by Anna T. Jarvis on 3 May 1979. Additional items were purchased from N. D. Scotti on 11 February 1964.
Processed by: Barbara E. Austen, with assistance from Edna Carlson, ca. 1982
Encoded by: Kermit Dewey, 6 June 2012
Funds for processing this collection were provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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American Plate Glass Company, Detroit, Mich.
Business records--Mass.--New Bedford
Capitalists and financiers--Mass.--New Bedford
Charles R. Tucker & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford--Cases
Des Moines Valley Railroad Company, Saginaw, Mich.
Distribution of decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad Company, Saginaw, Mich. SEE Pere Marquette Railroad Company, Saginaw, Mich.
Howland, Cornelius, 1758-1835
Howland, Gideon, 1734-1823
Howland, Isaac Jr., 1755-1834
Howland, Isaac, 1726-1811
Howland, Sylvia Ann, 1806-1865
Howland, Sylvia Ann, 1806-1865--Estate
Howland, William 2nd, 1756-1840
Insurance policies--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford
Insurance, Marine--Mass.--New Bedford--Policies
Inventories of decedents' estates--Mass.--New Bedford
Iron industry and trade--Wis.--Milwaukee
Isaac Howland Jr. & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Mandell, Edward D., 1821-1897
Mandell, Elias Jr., b.1806
Mandell, Lemuel, fl.1734-1807
Mandell, Thomas, 1792-1870
Merchant seamen--Mass.--New Bedford
National Bank of Commerce, New Bedford, Mass.
New Bedford, Mass.--Commerce
New Bedford, Mass.--Industries
Pere Marquette Railroad Company, Saginaw, Mich.
Railroad companies--Iowa--Des Moines
Railroad companies--United States
Real estate investment--United States
Robinson, Abby Slocum Howland, 1809-1860
Robinson, Edward Mott, 1800-1865
Samuel P. Burt & Company, New Bedford, Mass.
Ship-building workers--Mass.--New Bedford
Ships--Maintenance and repair
Stock certificates--Mass.--New Bedford
Trusts and trustees--Mass.--New Bedford
United States Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Wages--Ship-building workers--Mass.--New Bedford
Bartholomew Gosnold (Ship)
Charles W. Morgan (Ship)
Eliza F. Mason (Ship)
Gideon Howland (Ship)
Isaac Howland (Ship)
James Maury (Ship)
Joseph Butler (Bark)
Neptune's Car (Ship)
Three Brothers (Ship)
William C. Nye (Ship)
William Hamilton (Ship)