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Patch, Samuellocked

(1799–13 November 1829)
  • Larry R. Gerlach

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Patch, Samuel (1799–13 November 1829), daredevil, was born in Reading, Massachusetts, the son of Mayo Greenleaf Patch, a landless farmer and cottage shoemaker, and Abigail McIntire, a daughter of a prominent landowner. Patch’s eccentric adult life was a clear reflection of the failure of his father—a shiftless, contentious, conniving, ne’er-do-well—to prevent the family’s descent into social and economic marginality during the transition of New England from an agrarian to an industrial society after the American Revolution....

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