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date: 16 February 2020

Corliss, George Henrylocked

(02 June 1817–21 February 1888)
  • Olive Hoogenboom


Corliss, George Henry (02 June 1817–21 February 1888), inventor and manufacturer, was born in Easton, Washington County, New York, the son of Hiram Corliss, a country doctor, and Susan Sheldon. When Corliss was eight his family moved to nearby Greenwich, where he attended school until he was fourteen. While working for William Mowry & Company (the first cotton cloth factory in New York), Corliss, an ingenious lad of eighteen, gathered volunteers after the swollen Batten Kill swept away the town’s bridge and in ten days built a temporary bridge that pedestrians and wagons could cross. In 1838 he graduated from Castleton Seminary in Vermont, where he had spent three years. Returning to Greenwich, Corliss formed a partnership with his father and started a general store. In 1839 he married Phoebe F. Frost, with whom he had two children. She died in 1859, and in 1866 he married Emily A. Shaw. There were no children from his second marriage....

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