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Alvin Adams

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1804, Jun 161877, Sep 1
the founder of Adams and Company, a forerunner to Adams Express, one of the first companies to act as a carrier for express shipments by rail in the United States. Adams and Company provided shippers with a complete shipping solution, picking up goods at the shipper's location, carrying them to the railroad terminal, and then delivering them from the distant...
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John Adams Sr.

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1691, Feb 81761, May 25
a British colonial farmer and minister. He was the father of the second U.S. President, John Adams Jr., and grandfather of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams...
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Mary Alexander

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1693, Apr 161760, Apr 18
an influential colonial era merchant in New York City. Mary’s life was divided between caring for her growing family, continuing the Provoost mercantine enterprises, and supporting her husband’s political career. Mary played a pivotal role in the case of Jo...
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Ethan Allen

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1737, Jan 101757-17891789, Feb 12
a farmer, businessman, land speculator, philosopher, writer, lay theologian, and American Revolutionary War patriot, hero, and politician. He is best known as one of the founders of the U.S. state of Vermont, and for the capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War along with more
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Richard L. Allen

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1803, Oct 201833-18651869, Sep 22
an American writer on agriculture. In 1842 he started the American Agriculturist in partnership with his elder brother, Anthony B. Allen, but soon after left for New Orleans on a business venture. In 1847, he rejoined his brother, now in New York City, where he had established an agricultural business in connection with the journal. Richard L. Allen resided ...
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Zachariah Allen

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1795, Sep 151882, Mar 17
an American textile manufacturer, scientist, lawyer, writer, inventor and civil leader from Providence, Rhode Island. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and at Brown University where he graduated in 1813. Allen became a textile manufacturer and in 1822 constructed a woolen mill in which he incorporated innovative fire-safety features and his own mech...
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Johnny Appleseed

aka: John Chapman
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1774, Sep 261794-1830s1845, Mar 18
an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced apple trees to large parts of Pennsylvania, Ontario, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as the northern counties of present-day West Virginia. He became an American legend while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and the symbolic importance he attributed to apples. He w...
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Henry Ashworth

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1794, Sep 41880, May 17
an English cotton manufacturer, friend of Richard Cobden, and vigorous supporter of the Anti-Corn Law League. His major work is Recollections of Richard Cobden and the Anti-Corn Law League (two editions, London 1876 and 1881), written with John Watts, in addit...
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John Jacob Astor

aka: Johann Jakob
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1763, Jul 171848, Mar 29
a German–American businessman, merchant, real estate mogul and investor who mainly made his fortune in fur trade and by investing in real estate in or around New York City. Born in Germany, Astor emigrated to England as a teenager and worked as a musical instrument manufacturer. He moved to the United States after the American Revolutionary War. He entered...
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Moses Austin

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1761, Oct 41784-18211821, Jun 10
an American businessman and pioneer who played a large part in the development of the lead industry in the early United States. He was the father of Stephen F. Austin, one of the earliest American settlers of Texas, which was at the time part of Mexico. After receiving a land grant from the Spanish Crown in 1820, Moses Austin planned to be the first to estab...
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Stephen F. Austin

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1793, Nov 31836, Dec 27
an American empresario. Known as the "Father of Texas", and the founder of Texas, he led the second, and ultimately, the successful colonization of the region by bringing 300 families from the United States to the region in 1825. After Moses Austin's death in 1821, Stephen Austin won recognition of the empresario grant from the newly-independent state of Mex...
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