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Chester Ward Kingsley

Chester Ward Kingsley, American banker, merchant. member sch; member Mass.


  • Kingsley, Chester Ward was born on June 9, 1824 in Brighton (now part of Boston). Son of Moses and Mary Kingsley.

  • Education

    • Graduate Brighton High School.


    • Began business as messenger, later becoming teller Bank of Brighton. Cashier Cambridge Market Bank, 1851-1856. Mercantile business, 1856-1865.

      From 1865 in coal mining. Now part owner Excelsior mine, Northumberland Company, Pennsylvania. President Bank of Brighton, 1879-1887.

      Has been member school committee, board of aldermen and water board of Cambridge. Member Massachusetts House Representatives, 1882, 83, 84, Senate 1888, 89. Has aided Worcester Academy largely.

      Its “Kingsley laboratories” were named for him. Gave it additional $25,000 in 1898, and $25,000 each to Colby University, American Baptist Missionary Union, American Baptist Publication Society, American Baptist Home Mission Society, Newton Theological Institution, Massachusetts Baptist Convention and Brown University Home: N. Cambridge, Mass.


    Member sch; member Mass.


    • Married Mary J. Todd, 1846.
    • father: Moses Kingsley
    • mother: Mary Kingsley
    • spouse: Mary J. Todd
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    Born June 9, 1824
    Died 1904
    (aged 79)