Gideon Aldrich collection 1849-1855 (bulk 1850-1852)
Gideon Mowry Aldrich was born on January 29, 1834, in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and worked as a wheelwright before attending the Friends' Boarding School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he studied in the early 1850s. After completing his schooling, he returned to Uxbridge, where he eventually started a successful sawmill and lumber business. In 1855, Aldrich married Patience A. Pettiplace of Providence, and they had three children: Frederick (b. 1856), Alice (b. 1860), and Leander (b. 1862). Throughout his life, he held several public offices in Uxbridge, where he died on October 8, 1908.