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MALE, , lob, donor, born in Somersetshire, England, 24 August, 1808. He came with his parents to America in 1816, and began to earn his livelihood by attending the toll-gate on the turnpike between Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey His early education was limited to a few months' attendance at school and to the knowledge he was able to acquire while learning his trade, that of a carpenter. He was employed by the Union ferry company to build their ferry-houses in New York and Brooklyn from 1838 till 1845. He was the superintendent of construction for the New Jersey railroad and transportation company from 1853 till 1859, and built their docks, ferry-houses, and depots at Jersey City. He was also a member of the board of education in Jersey City in 1863-'7, for twenty years a director of the Hudson county national bank, and its president in 1873-'8. In 1867 he removed to Plainfield, New Jersey, and in 1869 became the first mayor of that city and was re-elected in 1877 and 1887. In 1875 he gave to the Nuhlenberg hospital in Plainfield the ground on which their building now stands. In 1884 he built and gave to the city of Plainfield a library and art-gallery, to be known as the Job Male library and art-gallery. This gift is valued at $25,000, and the building already contains works of art worth $10,000 and about 7,000 books.
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