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Darius L. and Lyman B. Goff
Inducted 1997

The Goff Brothers, formerly of Pawtucket, were the sons of the Honorable Darius Goff, and members of one of the most prominent industrialist families in New England.  They were partners in D. Goff & Sons, which occupied a foremost position among regional industrial concerns.  They were credited with introducing electric power to the City of Pawtucket, and deeply involved in civic and cultural affairs.  more >
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