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Daniel Halladay

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1826, Nov 241916, Mar 1
an American engineer, inventor and businessman, best known for his innovative 1854 self-regulating farm wind pump at Ellington, Connecticut. His invention of the windmill was a crucial key to the old steam trains as back then, they were mainly powered by water, so the water pumping mechanism (the windmill) helped the advance of trains. Versions of this windm...
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John Hancock

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1736, Jan 121754-17931793, Oct 8
an American merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is remembered for his large and stylish signature on the United States Declaration of Independence, so much so that the term "John Hancock" h...
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John Hanson

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1715, Apr 31750-17831783, Nov 15
a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. In 1779, Hanson was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress after serving in a variety of roles for the Patriot cause in Maryland. He signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781 after Maryland finally joined the other states in ratifying them. In November 1781,...
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William F. Harnden

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1812, Aug 231845, Jan 14
the founder of Harnden and Company, one of the first independent express companies in the United States.[2] Harnden started his career with the railroads by selling tickets at the Boston and Providence Railroad depot on Washington Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. He soon started consigning express shipments by rail between Boston and Providence, Rhode Isl...
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Cornelius Harnett

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1723, Apr 101740s-17811781, Apr 28
an American merchant, farmer, and statesman from Wilmington, North Carolina. He was a leading American Revolutionary in the Cape Fear region, and a delegate for North Carolina in the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1779. Cornelius Harnett is the namesake of Harnett County, North Carolina.
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Benjamin Harrison V

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1726, Apr 51745-17911791, Apr 24
an American politician, planter, and merchant, a revolutionary leader and a Founding Father of the United States. He received his higher education at the College of William and Mary. Harrison was a representative to the Virginia House of Burgesses for Surry County, Virginia (1756–1758, 1785–1786), and Charles City County (1766–1776, 1787–1790). He wa...
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John Hetherington

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unknown1790sunknown
a presumed apocryphal English haberdasher, often credited as the inventor of the top hat, which is said to have caused a riot when he first wore it in public on 15 January 1797. Evidently this story first appeared in a late 1890s edition of the Hatters' Gazette: in 1899 the quarterly journal Notes and Queries reported the story, noting that it originated in ...
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Joseph Hewes

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1730, Jan 231763-17791779, Nov 10
Hewes attended Princeton but there is no evidence that he actually graduated. What is known is that he became an apprentice of a merchant and in fact became a very successful merchant. After finishing his apprenticeship he earned himself a good name and a strong reputation, which would serve him well in becoming one of the most famous signers of the Declarat...
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Michael Hillegas

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1729, Apr 221765-17891804, Sep 29
a merchant, sugar refiner, and iron magnate who used his wealth to assist the American revolutionary cause. He was involved in the young government's affairs as a member of the Provincial Assembly of Pennsylvania, treasurer of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety, and the first treasurer of the new United States of America. Rumored to be a fine flutist and v...
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Richard Hodgson

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18041872, May 4
an English publisher and amateur astronomer. After a number of years of achieving considerable success in daguerrotypy, he worked on telescopic and microscopic observations. In 1852 he built an observatory at Claybury, in Essex, in which a 6-inch refractor was mounted equatorially. In 1854 he designed the diagonal eye-piece for observing the whole of the Su...
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Pieter 't Hoen

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17441828
political journalist and Utrecht patriot. Hoen was editor of De Post van den Neder-Rijn in the period 1781-1787. The post of the Neder Rhijn (1781 1787), edited by the patriotic journalist Pieter 't Hoen (1744 1828), is a striking appearance in the history of the Dutch press in the 1780s the main mouthpiece of the most powerful democratic movement in the Net...
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Charles Holt

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unknown1797-1810sunknown
printer, political provacateur
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Esek Hopkins

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1718, Apr 261740s-17861802, Feb 26
the only Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War. He was also an accomplished merchant captain and privateer. Esek Hopkins was born in Scituate, Rhode Island. Before the Revolutionary War he had sailed to nearly every quarter of the earth, commanded a privateer in the French and Indian War, and served as a deputy to ...
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Sir James Houblon

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1629, Jul1654-16981700, Oct
an influential merchant and Member of Parliament for the City of London. He held appointments in the East India Company and the Levant Company. With his younger brother John, he was instrumental in establishing the Bank of England and was a director from the founding of the bank in 1692. He was elected an Alderman of the City of London in 1692, and was knigh...
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John Houblon

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1632, Mar 131712, Jan 10
the first Governor of the Bank of England from 1694 to 1697. He became Sheriff of the City of London in 1689, an Alderman from 1689 to 1712, and Master of the Grocer's Company from 1690 to 1691. He was Lord Mayor in 1695. He was a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty from 1694 to 1699. It was during this time, from 1694 until 1697, that he served as inaugural ...
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Michel Houdenom

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unknownunknown
a tavern owner who joined with Captain William Kidd.


John Hull

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1624, Dec 181683, Oct 1
the leading merchant and mintmaster of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Hull was born in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He married Judith Quincy (1626–1695), daughter of Judith Pares (d. 1654) and Edmund Quincy, progenitors of the prestigious Quincy family. Among his apprentices was Jeremiah Dummer who became the first American-born silversmith. ...
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