Posted 8 years ago
This is a advertisement pocket watch fob for the Pingree and Smith shoe manufacturing company.
Hazen S. Pingree was born on August 30, 1840 in Denmark, Maine to Jasper Pingree and Adeline (Bryant) Pingree, and attended the common schools in Maine. At age 14 he moved to Saco, Maine where he worked at a cotton factory. Two years later he moved to Hopkinton, Massachusetts and worked several years as a cutter in a shoe factory.
In 1862, he enlisted in the Union Army to serve in the Civil War with the 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Regiment, Company F. He fought on the front line during General Pope's Northern Virginia Campaign and the Second Battle of Bull Run. The regiment he fought with was then ordered to defend Washington, D.C. until May 15, 1864, and then was sent to the front again. He fought with the Second Brigade of Tyler's Division, Second Corps, which participated at Fredericksburg Road (May 18), Harris Farm (May 19), and Spotsylvania Court House (May 19-21).
His regiment was then assigned to the Second Corps, Third Division, in the Army of the Potomac and fought at North Anna (May 24-25) where he along with others were captured by a detachment of John S. Mosby's command. Pingree wae confined in Confederate prisons at Gordonsville and Lynchburg, Virginia and at Salisbury, North Carolina. He was taken to Andersonville prison, and while General Sherman was on his march to the sea, he was taken to Millen, Georgia, where he later escaped by pretending to be someone else during a roll call for a prisoner exchange in November 1864. Pingree rejoined his regiment, fought in many more battles, and was present at Appomattox Court House when Robert E. Lee surrendered on April 9, 1865. A few months later, on August 15th, his regiment was mustered out.
Following the war, Pingree, a cobbler by trade, moved to Detroit and briefly worked for H.P. Baldwin's shoe company. In 1866 Pingree and his accountant, Charles H. Smith, purchased Baldwin's shoe-making machinery and formed the Pingree and Smith Company. In 1883, Smith retired from the firm and J.B. Howarth and Pingree's son Joe joined the partnership. By 1886, it was a 1 million dollar company with 700 employees turning out a half-million shoes and boots a year. In March 1887, a fire destroyed the entire plant, yet they were able to recover. It was the second biggest shoe manufacture in the U.S.
Hazen Stuart Pingree was a four-term Republican Mayor of Detroit, 1889-1897. He was the 24th Governor of the U.S. State of Michigan from 1897 to 1901.
Pingree died in London, England on June 18, 1901. While on a African safari with his son, he was stricken with peritonitis and was unable to return to the U.S.
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