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Hoe, Robert (10 March 1839–22 September 1909), manufacturer and bibliophile, was born in New York City, the son of Robert Hoe, a manufacturer, and Thyrza (or Thirza) Mead. He was educated at the Quackenbush School in New York and by private tutors.

About 1856 Hoe entered the family business, R. M. Hoe & Company of New York, makers of printing presses, industrial saws, and other machines to order. The firm was known worldwide for the “Hoe Type Revolving Machine,” a rotary printing press that was the invention of Hoe’s uncle, ...

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Towne, Henry Robinson (28 August 1844–15 October 1924), engineer, manufacturer, and a founder of scientific management, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of John Henry Towne and Maria R. Tevis. He attended local private schools and the University of Pennsylvania in 1860–1861, leaving because of the Civil War. (The university awarded him an honorary A.M. in 1888.)...