Walter P. Winsor grave site

Walter P. Winsor (1846-1911)

A banker, Winsor became cashier  of the First National Bank of New Bedford in 1874 and was elected its president in 1899. In 1879, he purchased the former Nathan Church house at the northeast corner of Center and Green streets. The landscaping and Winsor’s greenhouses, operated by horticulturalist Peter Murray, were well known. Murray developed a variety of carnation he named the “Winsor Pink,” which was selected by Queen Mary of England as her coronation flower in 1911. Winsor headed the Fairhaven Library Association and later was treasurer of the Millicent Library. A close friend of Henry H. Rogers, Winsor often oversaw Rogers’ local business dealings. He was also a director of the Union Street Railway and Wamsutta Mills. He served as a selectman from 1896 until his death in 1911. The son of Capt. Alexander Winsor and Sarah Pellington Allen, he married Mary Gertrude Bancroft.

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