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Kelley, Alfred (07 November 1789–02 December 1859), promoter of canal, railroad, banking, and taxation systems, was born in Middlefield, Connecticut, the son of Daniel Kelley, a large property owner, and Jemima Stow. When Kelley was nine years old he and his family moved to Lowville, New York. He later attended an academy at Fairfield and read law for three years in Whitesboro, both in that state. In 1810 he went on horseback with his uncle, Joshua Stow (who in 1796 had helped survey the Western Reserve), and a young medical student, ...

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Van Winkle, Peter Godwin (07 September 1808–15 April 1872), lawyer, businessman, and politician, was born in New York City, the son of Peter Van Winkle, a merchant, and Phoebe Godwin. Van Winkle attended local elementary and secondary schools. One of his interests was writing poems, which were published in several literary journals. In 1831 he married Juliette Rathbun of Paramus, New Jersey; they had six children, three of whom died in infancy. Van Winkle remained a widower after his wife’s death in 1844....