COL. SAMUEL ADAMS SHACKFORD, merchant, son of Seth R. and Martha Shackford, was born in New Market, N. H. in 1811. He came to Chicopee Falls about the year 1834, and was for many years a prominent merchant. August 30, 1838, he was commissioned by Gov. Edward Everett brigade inspector, First Brigade, Fourth Division, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia; discharged April 24, 1840. In 1844 he formed a partnership with George S. Taylor, under the firm name of Shackford & Taylor, and engaged in the general merchandise business until 1863. He was a member of the House of Representatives from Chicopee in 1853-54.
He died in Chicopee Falls February 3, 1864, aged 53 years, 6 months.
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