About John Henry Conant
Genealogy and history of representative citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts compiled under the editorial supervision of Charles Edwin Hurd. Published 1902 by New England Historical Pub. Co. in Boston .
John Henry Conant was educated in the public schools and academy of Alfred, Me., and at South Berwick, Me. At the age of eighteen years he came to Boston, and entered the employ of an uncle who was engaged in the lumber business, with whom he remained for a year. Subsequently, or till 1857, he was in the employ of Charles .Smith, dealer in naval stores. Central Wharf, Boston. Upon leaving Mr. Smith he engaged in the ship brokerage business with Kilham & Loud.
In 1864 the style of the firm was changed to Kilham, Loud & Co., Mr. Conant having accepted a partner-ship in the business, forming the "Co." On the dissolution of the latter firm he formed a partnership with Fred W. Hatch under the style of Conant & Hatch, which was later changed to J. H. Conant Co., of Boston.of which firm Mr. Conant is now treasurer.
In 1862 i\Mr. Conant took up his residence in Watertown, where he has since made his home. He was treasurer and director of the Watertown Water Supply Company from its incorporation until it passed under the control of the town.
New York TImes:" 'THE FAILURE OF JOHN H. CONANT
BOSTON, Oct. 31, 1890. -- The creditors of John H. Conant, ship broker, 103 State Street, under the style of John H. Conant Co., and manufacturer of indurated fibre ware at Watertown under the style of the Watertown Indurated Fibre Ware Company, met to-day. The liabilities are $210,000, of which $72,500 is secured and $137,500 unsecured.