About William Brown Spooner
William lived in New Hampshire with an Uncle from age 7 till age sixteen. William worked as a store clerk in Vermont, and saved enough money to move to Boston where he served in a counting house until he was able to open his own business as a dealer in hides and leather. When William had gone to Boston, he did not have any money for clothing, and he was given nothing by his family, but his temperance and frugality were rewarded with splendid success. William Spooner eventually became on of the largest tanners in the country, and he was the first President of the New England Shoe and Leather Association, a philanthropist, an officer in the Boston Board of Trade, and a completely successful businessman. His was a model life for any New England boy, and Lysander Spooner was always to have a living sermon of success right in his own family.