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Paris Singer

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Paris Singer

Paris Eugene Singer (20 February 1867 – 24 June 1932) was an early resident of Palm Beach, Florida. He was 22nd[1] of the 24 children of inventor and industrialist Isaac Singer, from whom he inherited money; he has been described as a "man of luxury".[2]:18 Born in Paris, he married Cecilia Henrietta Augusta ("Lillie") Graham (b. Perth Australia, 6 June 1867; d. Paignton, 7 March 1951), who bore him five children.[3]:153 He had a tempestuous romance with famous dancer Isadora Duncan, whose career he helped, and with whom he had another son, Patrick (born 1910, drowned 1913). Singer Island, Florida, is named for him. In 1917 Singer met the future Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner; they became "inseparable."[3]:157 It was through Singer's influence that Mizner arrived in Palm Beach on January 5, 1918, in part for his health; he was Singer's house guest (at 123 Peruvian Avenue).[4]:xix–xx[3]:155 Mizner's first Florida project was transforming Singer's unimpressive "villa" into the Chinese Villa, in which Sing

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Harold Simmons

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Harold Simmons

Harold Clark Simmons (May 13, 1931 – December 29, 2013) was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist whose banking expertise helped him develop the acquisition concept known as the leveraged buyout (LBO) to acquire various corporations. He was the owner of Contran Corporation and of Valhi, Inc., (a NYSE traded company about 90% controlled by Contran).[2] As of 2006, he controlled five public companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange: NL Industries; Titanium Metals Corporation, the world's largest producer of titanium; Valhi, Inc., a multinational company with operations in the chemicals, component products, Waste Control Specialists (waste management), titanium metals industries; CompX International, manufacturer of ergonomic products, and Kronos Worldwide, leading producer and marketer of titanium dioxide.[3] Early life and education Simmons was born in Golden, Wood County, Texas,[4] the son of Reuben Leon (1894 -1954) and Fairess Clark Simmons (1903-1990).[5][6] His parents were Baptist

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William Foster Nye

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William Foster Nye

William Foster Nye (May 20, 1824 – August 12, 1910) was an American businessman and founder of a lubricating oil business in New Bedford, Massachusetts which is still in existence today and known as Nye Lubricants. Life and career Nye was born in the village of Pocasset (at the time considered part of the town of Sandwich), one of the eight children of Syrena née Dimmock and Ebenezer Nye. His family was descended from Benjamin Nye who had emigrated from England in 1635 and settled in Massachusetts where he eventually built and operated a sawmill near Sandwich.[1][2] At the age of 16 Nye was apprenticed to Prince Weeks, a master builder in New Bedford. On finishing his apprenticeship, he worked for a pipe organ-building company in Boston and then spent three years in Calcutta as a carpenter for the Frederic Tudor Ice Company. On his return to Massachusetts he married Mary Keith on May 20, 1851. Nye then sailed to California, crossing the Isthmus of Panama on foot, and arriving in San Francisco shortly after

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Francis Cabot Lowell

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Francis Cabot Lowell

Francis Cabot Lowell (April 7, 1775[1] – August 10, 1817) was an American businessman for whom the city of Lowell, Massachusetts, is named. He was instrumental in bringing the Industrial Revolution to the United States. Early life Francis Cabot Lowell was born in the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts.[1] His father was John Lowell II, member of the Continental Congress and judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. His mother was Susanna Cabot.[1] He had an aptitude for mathematics in his youth.[2] In 1786, Lowell graduated from Phillips Academy.[3] In 1793, he graduated from Harvard College. Career Boston Manufacturing Company, Waltham, Massachusetts In July 1795, after graduation, Lowell set out on a merchant ship carrying cargo to various places including Basque Country in Spain and Bordeaux, France. He went to learn about shipping and being a merchant, but used the trip to learn about France.[4] He spent a year touring France, gripped in revolution.[4] In July 1

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Cecil Howard Green

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Cecil Howard Green

Cecil Howard Green KBE (August 6, 1900 – April 11, 2003) was a British-born American geophysicist who trained at the University of British Columbia and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a founder of Texas Instruments. With his wife Ida Green, he was a philanthropist who helped found the University of Texas at Dallas, Green College at the University of British Columbia, St. Mark's School of Texas, and Green College at the University of Oxford. They were also major contributors to the Cecil H. Green Library at Stanford University, the Cecil H. & Ida Green Graduate and Professional Center at the Colorado School of Mines, the Cecil H. & Ida Green Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California San Diego, and the Cecil & Ida Green Building for earth sciences at MIT (designed by I.M. Pei).[2] Biography Born in Whitefield, England, in 1900, Green and his family migrated to Nova Scotia, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and San Francisco, United States, where he

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Julian Carr (industrialist)

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Julian Carr (industrialist)

Julian Shakespeare Carr (October 12, 1845 – April 29, 1924) was a North Carolina industrialist, philanthropist, white supremacist, and Ku Klux Klan supporter (and when young, a pro-slavery advocate). He was married to Nannie Carr, with whom he had two daughters (including Eliza Carr) and three sons. Carr was the son of Chapel Hill merchant and slaveowner John Wesley Carr and Eliza P. Carr (née Eliza Pannell Bullock), and entered the University of North Carolina (today the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) at 16, in 1862. His studies were interrupted in 1864 by service as a private in the Confederacy, serving with the Third North Carolina Cavalry. Later in life, he was known as "General Carr," the unofficial rank having been bestowed by the state veterans' association due to his long service in veterans' affairs and generosity toward widows and their children. Carr also supported white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan, spoke favorably of the murder of African Americans that occurred during the Wilmin

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Charles Sumner Tainter

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Charles Sumner Tainter

Charles Sumner Tainter (April 25, 1854 – April 20, 1940) was an American scientific instrument maker, engineer and inventor, best known for his collaborations with Alexander Graham Bell, Chichester Bell, Alexander's father-in-law Gardiner Hubbard, and for his significant improvements to Thomas Edison's phonograph, resulting in the Graphophone, one version of which was the first Dictaphone.[1] Later in his career Tainter was associated with the International Graphopone Company of West Virginia,[2] and also managed his own research and development laboratory, earning him the title: 'Father Of The Talking Machine' (i.e.: father of the phonograph).[3] Biography Tainter was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, where he attended public school. His education was modest, acquiring his knowledge mostly through self-education. In 1873, he took a job with the Alvan Clark and Sons Company producing telescopes in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which then came under contract with the U.S. Navy to conduct observations of the tra

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George Washington Watts

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George Washington Watts

George Washington Watts (18 August 1851 – 7 March 1921) was an American manufacturer, financier and philanthropist. Alongside James B. Duke, he co-founded the American Tobacco Company. He also founded Watts Hospital, which was the first hospital in Durham, North Carolina, and prompted the establishment of Duke University. Biography Born in Cumberland, Maryland, George W. Watts was the son of Gerard Snowden Watts and Ann Elizabeth Wolvington. He received his early education in private schools in Baltimore, and graduated from the University of Maryland in 1871 with a degree in civil engineering.[1] Watts married Laura V. Beall in 1875. The two had one child together, Annie Louise Watts, before separating in 1915. Two years later, He married Virginia Ecker, whom he stayed with until his death in 1921. After graduation, Watts joined his father's tobacco commission business in Baltimore. Becoming associated with Washington Duke of Durham, North Carolina in 1878, he helped organize and incorporate W. Duke Sons

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Uncas A. Whitaker

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Uncas A. Whitaker

Uncas Aeneas Whitaker (March 22, 1900 – September 1975)[1] was a prominent mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, lawyer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Raised in Missouri, he received a mechanical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an electrical engineering degree from Carnegie Institute of Technology and a law degree from the Cleveland Law School.[2] At the age of 41, he founded Aircraft-Marine Products, AMP Incorporated, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which would become the world's largest manufacturer of electrical devices and connectors.[3] His company was instrumental in the development of miniature components and advanced computer technologies which have been incorporated into literally thousands of business operations and commercial products.[2] When Whitaker died in 1975, he left part of his fortune for a foundation to improve people's lives primarily by supporting Biomedical engineering research and education. Money provided for the Whitaker Foundation by Whitaker

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E. R. Squibb

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E. R. Squibb

Edward Robinson Squibb (July 4, 1819 – October 25, 1900)[1] was a leading American inventor and manufacturer of pharmaceutics who founded E. R. Squibb and Sons, which eventually became part of the modern pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb. Early life Squibb was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on July 4, 1819. He was the son of James Robinson Squibb (1796–1852) and Catherine Harrison (née Bonsal) Squibb (1798–1833), both Quakers.[1] At age 26 he graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. E.R. Squibb and Sons Company Career Immediately after graduating from medical school, he became a ship's doctor in the U.S. Navy, serving during the ongoing Mexican–American War. After the war, he ran the Brooklyn Naval Hospital's medical station at Brooklyn Navy Yard.[2] As a Navy physician, Squibb became disenchanted with the poor quality of medicines used on American military vessels and, as a result, in 1854 he invented an improved method of distilling ether, an anesthetic. He gave

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Charles O. Holliday

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Charles O. Holliday

Charles Otis "Chad" Holliday, Jr. (born March 9, 1948) is an American businessman, former chairman of Bank of America[3] and former chairman, former chief executive officer and a former director of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont).[4] He is chairman emeritus of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and chairman of the Business Roundtable's Task Force for Environment, Technology and Economy. Holliday is also a founding member of the International Business Council and serves on the board of advisors of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. In October 2014, it was announced that he would succeed Jorma Ollila as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell from May 2015.[5] Early life Holliday was born in 1948 and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from John Overton High, where he met his future wife, Ann.[6] Holliday earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1970. He was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Zeta chapter. Holliday started at

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Joseph G. Butler Jr.

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Joseph G. Butler Jr.

Joseph Green Butler Jr. (December 21, 1840 – December 20, 1927) was an American industrialist, philanthropist, and popular historian. He is remembered primarily for establishing the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to American art.[1] Early years He was born in the industrial town of Temperance Furnace, Mercer County, Pennsylvania,[2] the son of Joseph Green and Temperance (Orwig) Butler.[3] His family's presence in the country traced back to the period preceding the American Revolution. Joseph G. Butler Jr.'s Anglo-Irish ancestors emigrated from the vicinity of Dublin to colonial America in 1759.[4] According to Joseph G. Butler Jr.'s obituary, his father, Joseph Green Butler, was a "widely known iron manufacturer and blast furnace expert". His grandfather, Joseph Butler, established the first blast furnace in central Pennsylvania.[2] When Butler was still a child, his family relocated to Niles, Ohio, where he attended a village school along with future president William McKinley.[5] Ind

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Milton Shapp

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Milton Shapp

Milton Jerrold Shapp (June 25, 1912 – November 24, 1994) was the 40th Governor of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1979 and the first Jewish governor of Pennsylvania. He was also the first governor of Pennsylvania to take advantage of an amendment to the state constitution lifting the ban on state governors succeeding themselves in office and authorizing them to serve a maximum of two consecutive terms at a time, while still requiring a minimum of four years out of office between any two stints. Early life Shapp was born Milton Jerrold Shapiro in Cleveland, Ohio, to Aaron Shapiro, a businessman and staunch Republican, and Eva (née Smelsey) Shapiro, a Democrat and outspoken suffragette. His family was Jewish,[2] and all of his grandparents had emigrated from Eastern Europe. He attended Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), graduating in 1933 with a degree in electrical engineering. Unfortunately, the effects of the Great Depression ravaged America, and Shapp, unable t

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Angus Snead Macdonald

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Angus Snead Macdonald

Angus Snead Macdonald was an American architect and businessman; from 1915 to 1952 the president of Snead and Company.[1] This company, based in Louisville, Kentucky,[2] manufactured the cast iron book stacks found in libraries all over the world in the beginning of the 20th century including the Washington DC Public Library and Harvard's Widener Library. After World War I Angus Snead Macdonald would lead Snead and Company to revolutionize and standardize library book stacks. Innovations in library shelving With the success of the public library movement of the mid-19th century came the rapid expansion of library construction in the United States. Macdonald took advantage of this expansion to revolutionize a number of library features. In 1915 Snead standardized the length of a book shelf to three feet in order to reduce cost and create interchangeable parts. The company also standardized the stack range spacing to four feet six inches.[3] In 1930 the company developed a standardized lighting system that re

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C.F. Theodore Steinway

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C.F. Theodore Steinway

Christian Friedrich Theodor Steinweg, anglicized name C.F. Theodore Steinway (November 6, 1825, in Seesen – March 26, 1889, in Brunswick), was a piano maker. He was the eldest son of the famous piano maker and piano company founder, Henry E. Steinway. Life C.F. Theodore Steinway's patented rim bending block He was 25 years old in 1850 when his parents, brothers and sisters emigrated to New York City. The piano factory in Seesen, near the Harz mountains, which his father, Henry E. Steinway, had founded in 1835, was transferred into his name. Soon afterwards he moved the factory to Wolfenbüttel. In 1858 the piano maker Friedrich Grotrian, a man with some capital and with experience of piano manufacturing in Saint Petersburg, became a partner in the business. Production was moved to the neighbouring city of Brunswick. C.F. Theodor Steinweg held many patents for innovations in piano manufacturing, and exchanges of ideas with his family in America led to several more innovations. In 1865 he sold his share of

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Roger Smith (executive)

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Roger Smith (executive)

Roger Bonham Smith (July 12, 1925 – November 29, 2007) was the chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation from 1981 to 1990, and is widely known as the main subject of Michael Moore's 1989 documentary film Roger & Me. Smith seemed to be the last of the old-line GM chairmen, a conservative anonymous bureaucrat, resisting change. However, propelled by industry and market conditions, Smith oversaw some of the most fundamental changes in GM's history. When Smith took over GM, it was reeling from its first annual loss since the early 1920s. Its reputation had been tarnished by lawsuits, persistent quality problems, bad labor relations, public protests over the installation of Chevrolet engines in Oldsmobiles, and by a poorly designed diesel engine. GM was also losing market share to foreign automakers for the first time. Deciding that GM needed to completely change its structure in order to be competitive, Smith instituted a sweeping transformation. Initiatives included divisional consolidation, forming

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Ella Gauntt Smith

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Ella Gauntt Smith

Ella Gauntt Smith (née Gauntt, Ella Louise, April 12, 1868 – April 2, 1932 in Roanoke, Alabama) was an innovative American doll manufacturer. After graduating from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia, and marrying Samuel Swainswright Smith, Ella began working as a seamstress. She spent years repairing broken bisque dolls brought in by her neighbors and experimenting with ways to produce sturdier dolls. She eventually turned to doll manufacturing full-time, selling mostly to friends and neighbors. After experiencing early success, she exhibited her dolls at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, winning a Grand Prize for Innovation and helping establish a nationwide market for her product, and later displayed dolls at the Southeastern Fair in Atlanta, Ga. and at Jamestown Exposition. She received a patent for her design in 1905, in which she described her doll as follows: “I made the body or trunk, the arms, legs and feet of stuffed fabric and apply over the feet and hands and as high up on the legs and arms

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Frederick Lothrop Ames Jr.

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Frederick Lothrop Ames Jr.

House servants at Stonehouse Hill estate of F. Lothrop Ames, 1914 Stone House Hill House, now part of Stonehill College Frederick Lothrop Ames Jr. (July 23, 1876–June 19, 1921) was a Massachusetts financier and socialite. He was the great-grandson of Oliver Ames, who established the Ames Shovel Company, grandson of Oliver Ames Jr., and son of Frederick Lothrop Ames. Biography Family Frederick Lothrop Ames Jr. was born July 23, 1876, in North Easton, Massachusetts.[1] He was the second son of Frederick Lothrop Ames Sr. and Rebecca Caroline (Blair) Ames, and went by the name "Lothrop." The Ames were fairly prominent in 19th century New England society, and a major presence in small North Easton. Lothrop's father Frederick Sr. was considered by many to be the wealthiest man in Massachusetts.[2] Frederick Sr. died at age 58 in 1893, leaving young Lothrop fatherless and extremely wealthy at age seventeen.[3] Lothrop received an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1898.[1][2] In 1902, he purchased the yacht

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Howard R. Hughes Sr.

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Howard R. Hughes Sr.

Howard Robard Hughes Sr. (September 9, 1869 – January 14, 1924) was an American businessman and inventor. He was the founder of Hughes Tool Company. He invented the "Sharp–Hughes" rotary tri-cone rock drill bit during the Texas Oil Boom. He is best known as the father of Howard Hughes, the famous American business tycoon. Early life Howard Robard Hughes Sr. was born on September 9, 1869, in Lancaster, Missouri, the son of Jean Amelia (née Summerlin; 1842-1928) and Judge Felix Moner Hughes (1837-1926). Hughes's older sister Greta, better known by her stage name Jeanne Greta, was a grand opera and concert singer.[1] His younger brother, Rupert Hughes, was the famed novelist and screenwriter. Another brother, Felix Jr., was a baritone opera singer.[1] Hughes was a classic entrepreneur, trying and failing at many things before eventually finding success. After spending his childhood and early adulthood in Keokuk, Iowa, he lived in various places such as New York City (where he was a member of the Harvard Club);

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David Nazarian

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David Nazarian

David Nazarian is an Iranian-American businessman, investor and philanthropist. Early life David Nazarian was born circa 1961 in Iran.[1][2] His father, Younes Nazarian, is a businessman and philanthropist. His mother, Soraya Nazarian, is a philanthropist. His paternal uncle, Izak Parviz Nazarian, was also a businessman and philanthropist. Nazarian immigrated to the United States with his parents during the Iranian Revolution of 1979.[2] He graduated from California State University, Northridge, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1982.[1][3][4] He received a Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business.[3] Career Nazarian is the founder of Nîmes Capital, an investment firm.[3][4][5] He serves as its Chief Executive Officer.[4] Nazarian and his family became early major shareholders of Qualcomm when one of their investments joined forces with the renown communication company in 1988.[6][7] He acquired real estate from the Resolution T

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Monford Orloff

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Monford Orloff

Monford Arthur Orloff (March 29, 1914 – February 13, 2000) was an American businessman, financier, lawyer and philanthropist. He was married to Janice Orloff and had three children Jon, Carole and Chester. Orloff was known as an aggressive supporter of the arts. Career Born in Omaha, Nebraska, he grew up in Nebraska and New York City and completed high school in Vancouver, British Columbia. He graduated from Stanford University in 1937 and was elected Phi Beta Kappa, in 1940 he graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II first as an infantry officer then in intelligence. In 1951 he settled in Bellingham, Washington and began practicing law there. In 1952, Mt Baker Plywood, one of his clients, was facing bankruptcy. Orloff signed on as general manager and successfully turned the company around. In 1959 he bought the Aberdeen Plywood Co., in Aberdeen, Washington. As the CEO of Aberdeen Plywood and Veneers Inc. he orchestrated a merger with Plymouth, Michigan bas

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Frederick G. Niedringhaus

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Frederick G. Niedringhaus

Frederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus (October 21, 1837 – November 25, 1922) was a German-born American businessman and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Early life Frederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus was born on October 21, 1837 in Lübbecke, Westphalia, North Germany. Niedringhaus attended the common schools there and learned the glazing, painting, and tinning trades. He emigrated to the United States in November 1855 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri, where he and his brother, William F. Niedringhaus, started a tinware stamping company in the early 1860s.[1] Career With his brother, Niedringhaus developed a process for creating a decorative mottled surface on enameled metal in the 1870s. This "graniteware" became popular, and they established an extensive business, which eventually moved to Granite City, Illinois. He also became interested in various other business enterprises in St. Louis. Niedringhaus was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-first Congress (March 4, 1889 – March 3,

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Henry F. Niedringhaus

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Henry F. Niedringhaus

Henry Frederick Niedringhaus (December 15, 1864 – August 3, 1941) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri, nephew of Frederick Gottlieb Niedringhaus. Born in St. Louis, Missouri to German immigrants,[1] Niedringhaus attended the public schools, Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Missouri, and Smith Academy, a branch of Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He engaged in manufacturing pursuits, serving as general manager of the National Enameling & Stamping Co. in Granite City, Illinois. He served as chairman of the board of governors of Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children, St. Louis, Missouri from 1924 to 1941. Niedringhaus was elected as a Republican to the Seventieth, Seventy-first, and Seventy-second Congresses (March 4, 1927 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress. He retired from active business pursuits and resided in St. Louis, Missouri, until his death in August 3, 1941. He was interred in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Refe

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Ario Pardee

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Ario Pardee

Ariovistus Pardee (November 19, 1810 – March 26, 1892) was an American engineer, coal baron, philanthropist, and director of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. In the 1840s he began purchasing land in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, suspecting it to contain a wealth of coal. When he began mining the area, the town went through an economic boom, and credited Pardee as its founder. Pardee was also a major benefactor of Lafayette College to which he donated over $500,000, and had a building on campus named after him. Early life Pardee was born in Chatham, New York to Ariovistus and Eliza (née Platt), and grew up in nearby Rensselaer County where his father owned a farm.[1][2] Pardee was taught by his father while working on the farm and received some formal education in engineering from a schoolhouse in town run by the Presbyterian minister, Moses Hunter.[3] Career In 1829, Pardee left New York to work as a rodman (or surveyor's assistant) on the construction of the Delaware and Raritan Canal. One of the key purposes of th

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Paul W. Litchfield

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Paul W. Litchfield

Paul W. Litchfield (July 26, 1875 – March 18, 1959) was an American inventor, industrialist, and author. He served as President, Chairman, and the first CEO of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and was the founder of the town of Litchfield Park, Arizona and the city of Goodyear, Arizona. Among his many accomplishments as chairman was the establishment of a research and development department that produced the first practical airplane tire, long-haul conveyor belts, hydraulic disc brakes for airplanes, the first pneumatic truck tire, and a bullet-sealing fuel tank for military airplanes. Litchfield was also the author of books on air power, trucks, employee relations, and business. Early years Litchfield (birth name: Paul Weeks Litchfield) was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles M. Litchfield and Julia W. Litchfield. He was a direct descendant of Mayflower pilgrims.[1] He received his primary and secondary education in his native city and continued his higher education at Massachusetts Institute o

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Isadore Familian

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Isadore Familian

Isadore Familian (1911 – June 13, 2002) was a Los Angeles-based businessman and Jewish community leader who served as CEO of Price Pfister Brass Manufacturing Company. Biography Familian was born in 1911 to a Jewish family in Chicago.[1] When he was 2, his family moved to Los Angeles where his father founded Familian Pipe and Supply Co., a plumbing supply business. At the age of 16, he dropped out of Theodore Roosevelt High School to work at the family business.[1] In 1941, he became president and purchased rival Price Pfister Brass Manufacturing Company.[1] During World War II, the company, now using the Price Pfister name, shifted to military production manufacturing aircraft fittings and hand grenade shells.[2] After the war, the company focused on residential faucets, feeding the postwar housing boom.[2] Under his leadership, the company grew from 50 to 1,500 employees and became one of the largest manufacturers of brass bath and kitchen hardware in the world.[1] In 1969, Price Pfister was sold to Norri

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Ron Johnson (Wisconsin politician)

Ronald Harold Johnson (born April 8, 1955) is an American politician and accountant serving as the senior United States Senator for Wisconsin. He is a member of the Republican party. Johnson was first elected to the Senate in 2010, defeating Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold and re-elected in 2016. Before serving in the Senate, Johnson was Chief Executive Officer of PACUR, LLC, a polyester and plastics manufacturer.[2] Early life and education Johnson was born in Mankato, Minnesota, the son of Jeanette Elizabeth (née Thisius) and Dale Robert Johnson. His father was of Norwegian descent and his mother was of German ancestry.[3] While growing up, Johnson delivered newspapers, worked as a caddy at a golf course, baled hay on his uncle's dairy farm, and worked as a dishwasher in a restaurant.[4] He attended the University of Minnesota while working full-time and graduated in 1977 with a degree in business and accounting. He continued studying until 1979 but did not receive a graduate degree.[5] Business caree

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Fred Huntington

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Fred Huntington

Fred Huntington (December 12, 1912 – August 10, 1998) was an entrepreneur and cartridge wildcatter involved in the shooting industry. Huntington founded RCBS which is today one of the leading manufacturers of cartridge handloading equipment. He also developed the .243 Rock Chucker cartridge which lead to the development of the .244 Remington (later renamed 6mm Remington).[1][2][3][4][5] References ".243/6mm Cartridges". www.chuckhawks.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. "95965 Zip Code (Concow, California) Profile - homes, apartments, schools, population, income, averages, housing, demographics, location, statistics, sex offenders, residents and real estate info". www.city-data.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. "Fred T. Huntington". death-records.mooseroots.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. Zwoll, Wayne van (2015-11-24). Shooter's Bible Guide to Handloading: A Comprehensive Reference for Responsible and Reliable Reloading. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. ISBN 9781634509718. "RCBS History" (PDF).

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Ed Iskenderian

Ed Iskenderian (born 1921), commonly known by his nickname, "Isky", is an American hot rodder and entrepreneur. He was born to first-generation Armenian immigrants, in "grapevine country of Tulare County, California."[1] Bad weather killed the grapes, compelling his parents to move to Los Angeles.[1] He had an early interest in ham radio; soon, he became fascinated with hot rods.[2] Like many others, he went lakes racing at Muroc Dry Lake, which was interrupted by the U.S. entry into World War II. Iskenderian attended L.A.'s Polytechnic High School.[1] He built a customized Model T, adapting the overhead camshaft conversion kit produced by the Chevrolet brothers (the "Fronty" kit) and the "multi-flathead" cylinder head developed by George Riley.[1] After suffering a number of failures, and experimenting with Model As and Bs, he turned to the crankshaft of the flathead, which had larger bearings; it proved stronger.[1] He fitted Maxi F cylinder heads and a custom-built "slingshot" intake manifold (provided b

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Harry Soref

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Harry Soref

Harry Soref (1887-1957) was an American locksmith and businessman. He was the founder of the Master Lock company.[1] Soref was born in Russia, and immigrated to the United States.[1] In 1921, he founded the Master Lock company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[2] The company built locks based on Soref's designs using laminated steel to build strong yet inexpensive locks; he received over 80 patents for his designs.[1] Soref and his wife Bertha had five children.[1] He died in Phoenix, Arizona, at the age of 70.[3] References "The man who dreamed of locks". Milwaukee Notebook. 21 March 2017. "March 2, 1887: Birth of the Master Locksmith". WIRED. "HARRY SOREF, 70, INVENTOR, IS DEAD; Devised Laminated Padlock --Founder of Master Co. Held Eighty Patents". The New York Times.

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Charles Tillinghast James

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Charles Tillinghast James

A 14-pounder (3.8-inch) James rifle on the First Bull Run battlefield, the only weapon entirely designed by James adopted by the US Army. Two Model 1829 32-pounder seacoast guns, rifled by the James method (sometimes called 64-pdr James rifles). The one in the foreground is on a siege carriage. The one behind is on an iron, front pintle, barbette carriage. A James pattern solid shot. The “birdcage” at the base would have been covered by sheet lead which, upon firing the gun, would have expanded into the grooves of the rifling. Charles Tillinghast James (September 15, 1805 – October 17, 1862) was a consulting manufacturing engineer, early proponent of steam mills (especially cotton mills), and United States Democratic Senator from the state of Rhode Island from 1851 to 1857.[1] Family Charles T. James was born in West Greenwich, Rhode Island on September 15, 1805, the son of Silas James and Phebe Tillinghast James. Silas was a local judge, and the Tillinghast name was an old and respected one in New E

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Bruce Krasberg

Bruce Krasberg (1906–1988) was an American industrialist and horticulturist who was president of R. Krasberg and Sons Manufacturing Company of Chicago, which later became the Krasberg Corporation (Krasco). Krasberg was born in Schenectady, New York, the youngest of two sons of inventor and industrialist Rudolph Krasberg, a German American immigrant who founded the Krasberg manufacturing business with his sons in 1930. Bruce was educated at the University of Illinois and took over Krasco upon the retirement of his father. The Krasberg Corporation produced a variety of machinery, from phonograph motors to kitchen and gardening equipment. Bruce was president of both the Tool and Die Institute of Chicago and the Pressed Metal Institute of America.[1] During World War II, Krasco was subcontracted for services and supplies for the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, which was established as part of the Manhattan Project. Documentation remains unclear as to what services and supplies the Krasber

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Charles Shor

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Charles Shor

Charles Shor is an American businessman and philanthropist from Cincinnati, Ohio. He served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the world's largest paper bag manufacturing company, Duro Bag Manufacturing from 1987 to 2014 before selling it to South Carolina-based Hilex Poly Co. LLC.[1] Early Life Shor was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on April 2nd, 1954. His father, S. David Shor had started the Covington, Kentucky-based paper bag manufacturing business, Duro Bag Manufacturing the year before Charles was born.[2] At this point, the company had one location with only a handful of employees. In 1976, Charles graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in economics. In 1977, Charles joined the family business where he worked alongside his father until the elder Shor's death in 1987, at which point Charles took over responsibilities as Duro Bag's chief executive officer.[3] Epilepsy Early in life, Shor had only experienced intermittent seizures. However, after a kidnapping attempt and being

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Robert Edwin Dietz

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Robert Edwin Dietz

Robert E. Dietz (born in New York in 1818) was the founder of the R. E. Dietz Company.[1] At the age of 22, he purchased a lamp and oil business at 62 Fulton Street in Brooklyn, New York. He manufactured candle lanterns.[2] In 1842, he and his brother formed Dietz, Brother & Company. They were awarded the lighting contract for the P.T. Barnun premier of Jenny Lind in 1850 and they manufactured camphene lamps, solar lamps, girandoles, hall lamps and chandeliers. In 1869, Robert Dietz formed the R. E. Dietz Company. By the 1890s, he was the top lantern maker in the United States. He died in 1897. References Allen, Oliver E. "Lanterns designed by Robert E. Dietz were once made at Greenwich and Laight Sts". The Tribeca Trib. Retrieved 11 September 2017. "R. E. DIETZ HISTORY". Lantern Net. Retrieved 11 September 2017.

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Peter Brant

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Peter Brant

Peter M. Brant (born March 1, 1947) is an American industrialist.[3] Early life and education Brant was raised in Jamaica Estates, Queens,[4] the son of Lily and Murray Brant. Brant's father – who emigrated from a small town near the border of Romania and Bulgaria – co-founded the paper converter (primarily converting paper into newsprint) Brant-Allen Industries with his cousin H. Joseph Allen.[4] He has one sister, Irene Brant Zelinsky[5][6] and was a childhood friend of Donald Trump.[4][7] Brant attended the University of Colorado but did not graduate instead leaving to work for his father's company.[4] Career Newsprint Brant went to work at Brant-Allen Industries, a paper conversion company co-founded by his father, Murray Brant. In the early 1970s, Brant and a cousin, Joseph Allen — the son of Murray Brant's business partner — led the company into the manufacturing side of the business and expanded the company into paper mill (converting pulp into paper) ownership purchasing a mill in Rivière-du-Loup,

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Shih-Ying Lee

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Shih-Ying Lee

Shih-Ying Lee or S. Y. Lee (Chinese: 李詩穎; pinyin: Lǐ Shīyǐng; April 30, 1918[1][2] – July 2, 2018) was an American inventor, engineer and physicist who was noted for his research and innovation in hydrodynamics-related technologies. Lee was also an entrepreneur and Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Biography Lee was born in 1918 in Beijing, Republic of China.[2] Lee attended Tsinghua University in 1936, obtained his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1940.[3] Lee worked as a teaching assistant at Tsinghua for nearly two years and went to study in the United States in 1942. Lee obtained his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1945. After graduation, Lee soon taught engineering at MIT; and was promoted from teaching assistant to full professor and finally Professor Emeritus after his retirement in 1974.[4][5] In 1985, Lee was elected Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering for his original research on control valve stability, for inno

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Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos

Jeffrey Preston Bezos ([a][3] né Jorgensen; born January 12, 1964) is an American internet and aerospace entrepreneur, media proprietor, and investor. He is best known as the founder, chief executive officer, and president of Amazon. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, Bezos was named the "richest man in modern history" after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.[4] In September 2018, Forbes described him as "far richer than anyone else on the planet" as he added $1.8 billion to his net worth when Amazon became the second company in history to reach a market cap of $1 trillion. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994. He founded the online retailer Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an onli

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William Procter (industrialist)

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William Procter (industrialist)

William Procter (7 December 1801 – 4 April 1884)[1] was an English-born American industrialist and candlemaker who was the co-founder of Procter & Gamble Company in 1837, along with James Gamble. Early life A native of England, William Procter was born in Herefordshire and educated at the Luckston School. He entered into business in 1818 and was connected with the clothing industry in London in the late 1820s. In 1827, he became acquainted with William Hooper, who urged Procter to emigrate to America. He arrived in the United States in 1830 and began to manufacture candles in New York City. He moved west with his first wife, Martha Peat Procter. She died during their westward journey in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1832. Procter & Gamble Planning only on staying for a short while before resuming his relocation plans, he decided to stay and spent the remainder of his life in Cincinnati. He started his business and married Olivia Norris in 1833. At his father-in-law Alexander Norris's suggestion, he joined

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James Kitchenman

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James Kitchenman

James Kitchenman (November 19, 1825, Barnsley, England – December 25, 1909, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) was one of the foremost manufacturers of Kensington, Philadelphia in the 1800s.[1][2] Early life James Kitchenman was born in Barnsley, England, on November 19, 1825, to Richard Kitchenman and Phoebe Foster Kitchenman.[3] He was a young lad when he accompanied his parents on the long voyage across the Atlantic to the new world. His financial resources in youth were very limited and necessitated his securing a position when a young lad that he might provide for his own support.[1] Career Dyes Kitchenman therefore sought and secured a position in a dye house and as he became familiar with the business determined to engage in the same line some day on his own account. At length his unfaltering industry and careful expenditure made this course possible and he established a dyeing business, which he conducted for a considerable period in a most successful manner.[1] Carpets Crompton Loom In fact hi

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Sanjay Jha (businessman)

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Sanjay Jha (businessman)

Sanjay Kumar Jha (born 1967) is the former CEO of GlobalFoundries and former chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. Prior to that he was the chief operating officer of Qualcomm. Early life Jha was born in 1963. He received a BS in electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool and a PhD in electronics engineering from the University of Strathclyde. In 2011, Sanjay was awarded the honorary degree of D.Sc. by the University of Strathclyde, and in 2018, he was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering. Career Jha began his career at Qualcomm in 1994 as a senior engineer with the Qualcomm very-large-scale integration group working on the Globalstar satellite phone, and later on the first 13k vocoder application-specific integrated circuit, which was integrated into Qualcomm's MSM2200 chipset. In 1997 Jha was promoted to vice-president of engineering, where he was responsible for leading the integrated-circuit engineering group. Jha led and oversaw the development of fiv

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Louis Upton

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Louis Upton

Louis Cassius Upton (October 10, 1886 – October 9, 1952) is best known for co-founding the Whirlpool Corporation (originally known as Upton Machine Company) with his uncle Emory Upton and investor Lowell Bassford in 1911.[1] Early life Louis Cassius Upton was born in Fredonia, New York on October 10, 1886, and was the first of four children of Carrie Blogett Upton and Cassius Marcelus Upton. His father, Cassius was a lawyer by training who founded a publishing business in the late 1890’s. Louis had one younger brother Frederick Upton, and three younger sisters, Katherine, Louise and Marjorie Upton.[2] He is the descendent of Civil War General Emory Upton, and Francis Robbins Upton, a physicist and assistant to Thomas Edison. In 1903, when Louis was 17 and a junior in high school, his father was killed in a streetcar accident in Chicago.[3] Louis got a job selling insurance to help support the family at the same time that he was completing high school.[4] Business career Louis Upton graduated in 1908 from

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Luther Simjian

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Luther Simjian

Luther George Simjian (Armenian: Լութեր Ճորճ (Կարապետ) Սիմճեան; January 28, 1905 – October 23, 1997) was an Armenian-American inventor of numerous devices and owner of over 200 patents. Biography Born to Armenian parents, Luther Simjian grew up in Aintab, Ottoman Empire. He was separated from his family in the Armenian Genocide.[1][2] Simjian first went to Beirut, later to Marseille. In 1920 he emigrated to the United States, where he found shelter with relatives in New Haven, Connecticut. Beginning at the age of 15, he worked there as a photographer. He gave up his initial plans of studying medicine when he was engaged as a laboratory photographer by the Yale School of Medicine. Later, in 1928, he became director of their photography department, and invented several machines such as a projector for microscope images. In 1934 Simjian moved to New York City, where he invented a self-posing portrait camera, with which the photographed person could see and optimize their own image in a mirror before the photo

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Lyle Yost

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Lyle Yost

Lyle E. Yost (March 5, 1913 – April 5, 2012)[1] was an agriculture equipment manufacturer and inventor in the United States. Yost was the designer and inventor of the 1947 unloading auger,[2] the catalyst for the development of Hesston Manufacturing in Hesston, Kansas. The device was used to unload grain from farm combines. The company's controlling stake was sold to Italian corporation Fiat Trattori in 1977. The remainder of the company was purchased in 1987 by the same firm.[3] In 1991, a year after being established, AGCO Corporation purchased the rights to Hesston Manufacturing. Yost's success in the agriculture industry led to multiple awards and accolades, including articles of his success in Fortune and Forbes.[4] See also List of people from Harvey County, Kansas References "Obituaries (Lyle E. Yost)". Hutchinson News. April 7, 2012. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2012. "Massey Ferguson Combies Painted As Old Glory to Tour Fairs, Farm Shows". AgriMa

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John Hammond (U.S. Representative)

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John Hammond (U.S. Representative)

For other people named John Hammond, see John Hammond. John Hammond (August 17, 1827 – May 28, 1889) was an American manufacturer, Union Army officer and politician from Crown Point, New York. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 18th congressional district from 1879 to 1883. Early life The son of Jane Renne and Charles F. Hammond, a prominent owner and operator of lumber and iron businesses in Crown Point, New York, John Hammond was born in Crown Point on August 17, 1827.[1] He attended the public schools of Crown Point, Panton, Vermont, and St. Albans, Vermont, and graduated from the academy in St. Albans.[2] He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and worked at his family's store in Crown Point before moving to California during the 1849 gold rush.[2] He returned to Crown Point after several years in California, and resumed working in his family's businesses.[2] Military career At the start of the American Civil War, he assisted in raising and equip

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Oakes Ames

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Oakes Ames

Oakes Ames (January 10, 1804 – May 8, 1873) was an American businessman, investor, and politician. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts. As a congressman, he is credited by many historians as being the single most important influence in the building of the Union Pacific portion of the transcontinental railroad. He is also noted for the subsequent scandal that alleged the improper sale of stock of the railroad's construction company. Biography Ames was born in Easton, Massachusetts, the son of Oliver Ames, Sr., a blacksmith who had built a business of making shovels, the Ames Shovel Shop, and became nicknamed "King of Spades".[1] In his youth, he obtained a public school education and later worked in the family workshops to learn each step of the manufacturing process. He eventually became a partner in the business, and with his brother Oliver Ames, Jr. he established the firm Oliver Ames & Sons. Driven by the settlement of the Midwest, by the discovery of gol

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Oliver Ames (governor)

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Oliver Ames (governor)

Oliver Ames (February 4, 1831 – October 22, 1895) was an American businessman, investor, politician, and philanthropist from Massachusetts. He was the son of Oakes Ames (1804–1873), a railroad tycoon behind the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) who was notably censured in the Credit Mobilier scandal for actions taken while a United States Congressman. Ames was executor of his father's estate, and took over many of his business interests. A Republican, he served as the 35th Governor of Massachusetts (1887–1890). He was a major philanthropist, especially in his hometown of Easton, which is graced by a number of architecturally significant works by H.H. Richardson as a result of his influence. Early years Oliver Ames was born in North Easton, Massachusetts on February 4, 1831, to Oakes Ames and Eveline Orville (Gilmore) Ames. His father was the owner of a shovel factory, which became the largest such business in the country. Ames was educated in the local schools, and then attended private academ

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Cleveland Hoadley Dodge

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Cleveland Hoadley Dodge

Henry Morgenthau Sr. and Samuel Train Dutton and Cleveland Hoadley Dodge in 1916 Cleveland Hoadley Dodge (January 26, 1860 – June 24, 1926) was a businessman and philanthropist[1] who was active in New York City politics.[2] He was president of Phelps Dodge mining and served as "adviser and financier" to Woodrow Wilson. He was known for his charity work in World War I. Biography He was born on January 26, 1860, the son of Sarah Hoadley and William E. Dodge Jr., who was a principal partner in the firm of Phelps Dodge & Co.[1] Their family homes were at 262 Madison Avenue, and Greyston, in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. When the Dodge children were young, their playmates included members of the Roosevelt family, one of whom was Theodore Roosevelt. Cleveland Dodge and his brother, William Earl Dodge III, attended Williston Seminary at Easthampton, Massachusetts, and in 1875 entered Princeton University, graduating the same year as Woodrow Wilson (1879). After graduation, William joined the family f

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William E. Dodge Jr.

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William E. Dodge Jr.

William Earl Dodge Jr. (February 15, 1832 – August 9, 1903) was an American businessman, activist, and philanthropist. For many years, he was one of two controlling partners in the Phelps Dodge Corporation, one of the largest copper mining corporations in the United States. Early life Dodge was born in New York City on February 15, 1832, the eldest son of Melissa (née Phelps) Dodge and William E. Dodge Sr. (1805–1883), a U.S. Representative from New York.[1] His father and maternal grandfather, Anson Greene Phelps, were co-founders of the import firm of Phelps Dodge.[2] Dodge was very active in his support of the Union cause during the Civil War, becoming a member of the Union League Club and an advisor to the Women's Central Association of Relief.[2] His service on a commission of the State of New York to supervise the conditions of New York State troops in the field led the New York Legislature to pass a resolution honoring him for his work.[2] Career He began working for the Phelps Dodge Corporation,

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John Boynton (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

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John Boynton (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

John Boynton (left) and Ichabod Washburn (right). Boynton Public library in Templeton, Massachusetts in 1891 John Boynton (1791-1868) was an American tinware entrepreneur, politician, and philanthropist who founded Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. John Boynton was born in 1791 to Elizabeth and Jeremiah Boynton, farmers in Mason, New Hampshire. Boynton served in the New Hampshire militia in 1814. Boynton learned the tinware trade in New Ipswich, New Hampshire and then founded a tinware business in New Hampshire before moving to Templeton, Massachusetts. Eventually, peddlers with carts sold his tinware housewares throughout New England. In 1839 Boynton was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Although he married twice, he had no children and wished to found a school of science where students could help facilitate many of New England's new industries. With Ichabod Washburn's input, they decided to form a school which combined practical experience and academics.

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J. Lewis Wyckoff

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J. Lewis Wyckoff

J. Lewis Wyckoff (December 10, 1864 – March 19, 1931), was an American businessman, manufacturer, golfer, and promoter of golf. Wyckoff was the junior partner of the White & Wyckoff Manufacturing Company, a patron and backer of golf course architect Donald Ross,[1] and a civic activist in Holyoke, Massachusetts who was largely responsible for its 1909 annexation of the village of Smith's Ferry from Northampton, Massachusetts.[2] He was also referred to as the "father of Mount Tom Golf Club", which today bears his name as the Wyckoff Country Club, as well as its adjacent neighborhood, known as Wyckoff Park.[3] In addition to serving as president of White & Wyckoff, he occupied a number of other business and civic positions by the time of his death. This included as vice president of Cowan Truck Company, a director of the Hadley Falls Trust Company, trustee of Holyoke Savings Bank, an active 32nd degree freemason of the Mount Tom and William Whiting Lodges of Holyoke, member of the Holland Society of

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