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Wisner, Henry (1720–04 March 1790), revolutionary powder maker and legislator, was born in Goshen, New York, the son of Hendrick Wisner and Mary Shaw, farmers. As a farm boy, Henry had little formal education, but his ability and energy led to local prominence as justice of the peace and as assistant justice of the Court of Common Pleas of Orange County in 1768 or 1769. He represented Orange County in the New York colonial assembly, 1759–1769, and in 1759 the assembly adopted his bill facilitating the drainage of the annually submerged marshes of the Wallkill River....