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Clapp, George Hubbard (14 December 1858–31 March 1949), businessman and numismatist, was born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (later absorbed into the north side of Pittsburgh), the son of DeWitt Clinton Clapp, a steel company official, and Delia Dennig Hubbard. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1877 with a bachelor of philosophy degree and was named the “first scholar” in the Scientific Department. Around 1882 he married Anne W. Love; they would have two children. Clapp worked as an engineer at the Penn Cotton Mill and then at Park Brothers’ Black Diamond Steel Works, where he met Captain ...

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Davis, Arthur Vining (30 May 1867–17 November 1962), industrialist, financier, and philanthropist, was born in Sharon, Massachusetts, the son of Perley B. Davis, a Congregational minister, and Mary Vining. Educated in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and at Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Davis enrolled at Amherst College and graduated in 1888 at the top of his class. He left for Pittsburgh, where ...

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Hall, Charles Martin (06 December 1863–27 December 1914), inventor and industrialist, was born in Thompson, Ohio, the son of Heman Bassett Hall, Congregational minister and Caribbean missionary, and Sophronia Brooks. His educated, pious parents of modest means moved the family to Oberlin, Ohio, when Hall was ten so that the seven children might attend the college of their parents. As a youth, Hall read widely in the libraries of his father and of the college. He also became an accomplished pianist. A true son of the age of invention, for which the ...

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Hunt, Alfred Ephraim (31 March 1855–26 April 1899), metallurgist, inventor, and businessman, was born in East Douglass, Massachusetts, the son of Leander Batchelor Hunt, an iron manufacturer and inventor, and Mary Hannah Hanchett Hunt, a leader in the temperance movement. Hunt’s family moved to the Boston suburb of Hyde Park by his twelfth birthday. He filled his free moments accumulating and classifying a collection of butterflies, birds’ eggs, and postage stamps....

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Hussey, Curtis Grubb (11 August 1802–25 April 1893), copper and steel manufacturer, was born near York, Pennsylvania, the son of Christopher Hussey and Lydia Grubb, farmers of Quaker ancestry. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Little Miami, Ohio. Hussey spent his early years on the family farm, attending school sporadically. In 1813 the family moved again, this time to a farm near Mount Pleasant, Ohio....

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Straus, Roger Williams (14 December 1891–28 July 1957), corporation executive and educational administrator, was born in New York City, the son of Oscar Solomon Straus, a lawyer, businessman, and diplomat, and Sarah Lavanburg. Straus’s father served as U.S. minister to Turkey and as secretary of commerce and labor in President ...