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Cross-listed in Governance

Jeremiah Wadsworth

bornactivedied
1743, Jul 121761-18011804, Apr 30
an American sea captain, merchant, and statesman from Hartford, Connecticut who profited from his position as a government official charged with supplying the Continental Army. He represented Connecticut in both the Continental Congress and the United States House of Representatives.
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John Walter

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1738, Jan 11812, Nov 17
the founder of The Times newspaper. He was born in London and was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, then located in London. Walter was engaged in a prosperous business as a coal merchant from the death of his father Richard Walter (about 1755/6) until 1781. He played a leading part in establishing the Coal Exchange in London; but shortly after 1781, when...
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Ezra Weeks

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unknown1800sunknown
a successful builder who served as a witness in a sensationalized murder trial. John McComb, the architect of Hamilton Grange, and Ezra Weeks would both be key defense witnesses for Ezra's brother, Levi Weeks, in one of the most sensational murder trials of the t...
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Henry Wells

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1805, Dec 121878, Dec 10
an American businessman important in the history of both the American Express Company and Wells Fargo & Company. In 1836, Wells became a freight agent on the Erie Canal and soon started his own business. Later he worked for Harnden's Express in Albany. When Wells suggested that service could be expanded west of Buffalo, New York, William F. Harnden urged Wel...
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Robert Wilks

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1665 ca1732, Sep 27
a British actor and theatrical manager who was one of the leading managers of Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in its heyday of the 1710s. He was, with Colley Cibber and Thomas Doggett, one of the "triumvirate" of actor-managers that was denounced by Alexander Pope an...
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Simon Willard [1 [1]

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1605, Apr1676
an early Massachusetts fur trader, colonial militia leader, legislator, and judge. He emigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1634 with his first wife Mary Sharpey and their daughters Mary and Elizabeth. He was a founder of Concord, Massachusetts and served it as clerk from 1635 to 1653 and helped negotiate its purchase from the Native American owners. Will...
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Thomas Willett

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16051674, Aug 29
a British merchant, Plymouth Colony trader and sea-captain, Commissioner of New Netherland, magistrate of Plymouth Colony, Captain of the Plymouth Colony militia and was the 1st and 3rd Mayor of New York City, prior to the consolidation of the five boroughs into the City of New York in 1898. Willett was placed in charge of the Plymouth Colony's trading post ...
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William Williams [3 [3]

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1731, Apr 231771-18111811, Aug 2
a merchant, and a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress in 1776, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Williams was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, the son of a minister, Tim Solomon Williams, and Mary Porter. He studied theology and achieved law school from Harvard in 1751. He continued preparing for the ministry for a year, but t...
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William Wolfskill

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17981866
a pioneer, cowboy, agronomist in Los Angeles, California beginning in the 1830s. He had earned money for land in a decade as a fur trapper near Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he had become a Mexican citizen. This allowed him to own land in California. Wolfskill was highly influential in the development of California's agricultural industry in the 19th century, ...
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James Wyld

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18121887
a British geographer and map-seller, best known for Wyld's Great Globe. On his father's death in 1836, Wyld became the sole owner of the thriving family mapmaking business based in Charing Cross. His maps, which covered regions as diverse as London and the gold fields of California, were regarded highly, and Wyld himself had an excellent reputation as a mapm...
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