Andover Biography - William Wood
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Born on Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard on June 18, 1858to immigrant parents from the Portuguese Azores.
Had to leave school at age 13 when father died. Showed propensity for cost reduction
came to Lawrence in 1886 manager at Washington Mill became treasurer as treasurer suggested combinging mills would save costs - American Woolen Company combined eight mills in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York in 1899 Became president of the American Woolen Company in 1899. Bread and Roses strike refused to listen to demands of workers. Moved headquarters of American Woolen Company to Shawsheen in Andover where he built a community - brick Shawsheen and white Shawsheen golf course recreation facilities pool, even a drug store.
Created Shawsheen Village President of the American Woolen Company encourage Plaque on the corner of Lowell and North Main Streets describes him as an industrial genius, a humanitarian, and a great benefactor of youth. This terminology was specified as conditions of the bequest to the Town by William Wood's grandson Cornelius. a portion of the bequest for the memorial to William Wood the rest to be used for "public purposes". Money given by the estate of William Wood's son Cornelius.
Built the West Parish Church and is buried in the West Parish cemetery.
After several strokes, took his life in 1926 at the age of 67
- "Larsen Launches Discussion on Wood Memorial", Townsman, January 20, 2000, page 6.
- Mills, Mansions and Mergers: The Life of William M. Wood, by Edward G. Roddy