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William Carroll Pope
 William Carroll Pope, 1847-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


WILLIAM CARROLL POPE, a well-known real estate dealer of Boston, was born in Dorchester, Mass., May 8, 1847, son of William and Sarah A. (Foster) Pope. His paternal grandfather also was named William. A full account of the ancestry of the family, which is an old one in New England, may be found in the Pope Genealogy, which has been published.

William Pope, second, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Dorchester, December 27, 1813. He was educated in the Dorchester schools, and on completing his studies he engaged in the lumber business with his father. This business had been established by Frederick and William Pope in the early part of this century (the nineteenth); and he and his brother Alexander succeeded to it, and carried it on together for many years. Subsequently he engaged in the importing business, which he followed till 1890. He took an active part in public affairs, was Selectman for the town of Dorchester for many years, and also a member of the School Board. On the annexation of Dorchester to Boston he was one of the first members of the city council. He also served as Alderman and as a member of the Boston School Board. Before the Civil Ware he took an active part among the early Abolitionists, being an associate of the pioneers in that cause. He was one of the Parish Committee of the First Parish of Dorchester. He was married June 8, 1837, to Miss Sarah Ann Foster, a daughter of John and Elizabeth Foster, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this volume. They were the parents of three children: John Foster Pope, who served through the Civil War (private, Thirteenth Massachusetts Infantry, July 16, 1861; Second Lieutenant, First Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, March 7, 1862.; Captain, August 19, 1864; mustered out, July 31, 1865), and is now a resident of Philadelphia; Elizabeth F., the wife of Dr. Conrad Wesselhoeft, of Boston; and William Carroll, whose names begins this sketch. Mrs. Sarah A. Pope died in 1888, at the age of seventy-four years. She was president of the Ladies' Aid Society of the Homoeopathic Hospital for many years, and was interested in many other charitable societies.

William Carroll Pope received his elementary education in a private school, and was graduated at the Dorchester High School in 1863. He then became a clerk in a wholesale paint and oil house in Boston, where he was employed for some years. At the age of twenty-one he engaged in business for himself as an importer of East Indian goods, and thus continued until 1891, when he entered into his present business, that of a dealer in real estate. He has been quite successful, and ranks as one of the clear-sighted, enterprising, and substantial business men of the city of Boston. He is a member of Union Lodge, F. & A.M.,* of which his grandfather was a member, and belongs also to St. Stephen's Chapter, R.A.M.** He is an active member of the First Parish Church and Sunday-school.

Mr. Pope was married in 1876 to Miss Mabel R. Downer, youngest daughter of the late Samuel and Nancy (De Wolf) Downer, of Dorchester. He has two children: Allen Melville, born November 24, 1879; and Bayard Foster, born October 5, 1887. The elder son, Allen M., was educated in the public schools of Boston, including the Boston Latin School, and passed the examination at Harvard college, but accepted an appointment to the West Point Military Academy, where he is now a cadet. Bayard F. is a Student in the Boston public schools.

*F.& A.M. Free and Accepted Maons.
**R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons.

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