Oliver Moses Receipt for Taxes paid, Bath, 1882

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This receipt for the annual tax bill for the heirs of Oliver Moses, written out by City Clerk William B. Taylor for 1882, the same year that Oliver Moses died, reveals just how wealthy the man was. One of the largest landowners in the city at the time of his death, Oliver Moses (1803-1882) was a very significant figure in Bath history. He and his brother William came to the city in the 1820s, initially in the tinsmith trade. They extended the reach of their business ventures, establishing a foundry that would evolve into Bath Iron Works. Oliver Moses, sometimes in conjunction with his brother William, had the Bank Block, the Church Block, the Columbian Hall, and the Lincoln Block constructed in Bath's downtown. As did many businessmen in Bath, he also dabbled in the construction of ships. In the Know-Nothing riot of 1854 in Bath when the South Church was burned, Moses' quick action prevented another structure from being destroyed by the anti-Catholic rioters.

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  • Title: Oliver Moses Receipt for Taxes paid, Bath, 1882
  • Creator: City of Bath, City Treasurer and Collector
  • Creation Date: 1882-09-12
  • Subject Date: 1882-09-12
  • Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 10.3 cm x 17.9 cm
  • Local Code: SHGR 1.2.6
  • Collection: Oliver Moses Collection
  • Object Type: Text

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