The Benjamin Rodman House

The Benjamin Rodman House (HM13HC)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
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N 41° 38.181', W 70° 55.458'

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Wealth with a Conscience
Early whaling merchants lived in elegant houses along this street. But by the time Benjamin Rodman built this Federal style home in 1821, many of his wealthy friends were moving uphill away from this shoreside neighborhood.

Though born into a prosperous whaling family, Rodman committed himself to the city's working poor. He and his wife Susan were founding members of the New Bedford Benevolent Society, created "to devise some means for the relief of the physical and moral wants of the poor of this town." In the 1830s he began championing the abolition of slavery. While whaling wealth is apparent in the city's historic houses, the owners' lives reflected some of the powerful social issues of the time.

HM NumberHM13HC
Placed ByNational Parks Service
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 2:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339726 N 4611190
Decimal Degrees41.63635000, -70.92430000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.181', W 70° 55.458'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 10.86" N, 70° 55' 27.48" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 70 N 2nd St, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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