Daniel Saunders, Sr. was born in Salem, NH June 20, 1796. His youth was spent in both Salem and Canada. He was apprenticed in his early teens to a Mr. Allen of Salem, NH as a clothier and wool carder and remained with him until the age of 21. He then took the position as foreman at the Abbott Mills in Andover, Mass. He was asked to return to Salem by Mr. Allen when the business was enlarged. Two years later he became connected with North Andover Mills and subsequently started his own small mill. In 1840 he purchased mills in West Concord, NH. Three years later he sold the New Hampshire mills and the one in Andover. He began the planning stage of an industrial enterprise in the Andover vicinity. The rest is Lawrence history: a dam was built at Bodwells Falls, industries established, and a city founded. He died October 8, 1872. He had lived in the Saunders homestead on South Broadway. The house has been rumored to be a stop of the Underground Railroad. The house is now gone, but a school building (the 2nd of 2) was named after the Saunders family. His two sons, Daniel, Jr. and Caleb, were both mayors of the city.
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