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Deinard, Ephraim (11 May 1846–24 June 1930), Hebrew author, bibliographer, and bookdealer, was born in Shossmaken, Courland, Russia, the son of Jekuthiel Gerson Deinard and Leah Cohen. In addition to attending traditional schools of Jewish learning, he also studied secular subjects with private tutors. By age eighteen he was contributing articles on current issues to the Hebrew weekly ...

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Nicholson, Timothy (02 November 1828–15 September 1924), Quaker reformer and printer, was born in Perquimans County, North Carolina, the son of Josiah Nicholson, a teacher and farmer, and Anna White. Both parents came from families long prominent in Quaker affairs in North Carolina, and by Timothy Nicholson’s own account, their influence and that of Quaker neighbors was such that he never questioned Quaker teachings. He was educated in the Quaker Belvidere Academy in Perquimans County and at the Friends Boarding School (now Moses Brown School) in Providence, Rhode Island. He married twice, first in 1853 to Sarah N. White, who died in 1865, and then in 1868 to her sister, Mary White. There were six children by the first marriage and two by the second....

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Rodman, Samuel (11 November 1753–24 December 1835), whaling merchant and Quaker leader, was born in Newport, Rhode Island, the son of Thomas Rodman, a ship captain, and Mary Borden. Samuel was apprenticed at the age of thirteen after the death of his father at sea. Remarkably for a young Quaker, whose denomination was attempting at this time to remain apart from other groups, he served his apprenticeship with Abraham Riveira, one of a number of successful Jewish merchants in Newport before independence. There Rodman learned the shipping trade and came into contact with Nantucket whaling merchants ...

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Rotch, William (04 December 1734–16 May 1828), whaling merchant and New England Quaker, was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Rotch, a whaling merchant, and Love Macy. William served his apprenticeship with his father’s firm between 1748 and 1755, learning skills that included ship construction, accounting, pricing of products, and competing for new markets. He acquired an intimate knowledge of local, provincial, and international trade in these years during which his father became New England’s leading whaling merchant. In 1754 Rotch married Elizabeth Barney, also of Nantucket. They had six children....

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Rotch, William, Jr. (29 November 1759–17 April 1850), whaling merchant and New England Quaker leader, was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the son of William Rotch, a whaling merchant, and Elizabeth Barney. William Rotch, Jr., belonged to the third generation of the whaling dynasty founded by his grandfather ...

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Weems, Mason Locke (11 October 1759–23 May 1825), Episcopal priest, writer, and book agent, was born at “Marshes Seat,” near Herring Bay, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the son of David Weems, occupation unknown, and Esther Hill. Very little is known about his early life, except what Bishop ...