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date: 19 October 2019

Cupples, Samuellocked

(13 September 1831–06 January 1912)
  • William J. Breen


Cupples, Samuel (13 September 1831–06 January 1912), merchant, manufacturer, and philanthropist, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the son of James Cupples, an educator who had immigrated to the United States from County Down, Ireland, in 1814, and Elizabeth Bigham. Cupples was chiefly educated by his father, who operated a business school in Pittsburgh. At age twelve Cupples began his working life in a grocery store in Pittsburgh and, five years later, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was employed by Albert O. Tyler, a pioneer, midwestern manufacturer, and wholesaler of woodenware....

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