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Colt, Samuel Pomeroy (10 January 1852–13 August 1921), financier and industrialist, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of Christopher Colt, a silk merchant, and Theodora DeWolf. Colt’s father died when the boy was very young. Colt then spent his early years at the Hartford, Connecticut home of his uncle, ...

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Seiberling, Franklin Augustus (06 October 1859–11 August 1955), industrialist, was born on the family farm near Western Star, Ohio, the son of John Franklin Seiberling, a farmer and mechanic, and Catharine L. Miller. After devising an improvement for mechanical reapers, his father entered business in 1861, manufacturing agricultural machinery as well as licensing other producers. The family moved in 1865 to Akron, Ohio, where the elder Seiberling established the Empire Mower and Reaper Works and later added interests in milling, strawboard manufacture, and a theater—an eclectic mix of investments that foreshadowed young Frank Seiberling’s early career....