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date: 18 October 2019

Hammond, George Henrylocked

(05 May 1838–29 December 1886)
  • Fred Carstensen

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Hammond, George Henry (05 May 1838–29 December 1886), meatpacker, was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the son of John Hammond, a carpenter and joiner, and Sarah Huston. He attended common schools but left at age ten to work, making leather pocketbooks for a Mr. Barrett in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. When Barrett became ill, he carried on the business, employing twelve girls. But steel-clasp pocketbooks soon undercut demand, so he worked briefly for a butcher, then for three years in Milton Frost’s mattress and palm-leaf hat factory in Fitchburg. When Frost moved west, Hammond, aged fifteen, bought the business. But Frost then urged him to come west, so Hammond sold out after six months, moving to Detroit, Michigan, in 1854. He again worked briefly for a butcher, then went to work for Frost, manufacturing mattresses and furniture....

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