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Goodyear, Charles (1800-1860), inventor  

George B. Kauffman

Goodyear, Charles (29 December 1800–01 July 1860), inventor, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Amasa Goodyear, an inventor and manufacturer of hardware and farm implements, and Cynthia Bateman. In four generations the Goodyear family produced seven inventors. Charles attended school at Naugatuck, Connecticut, until 1817, when he became apprenticed to a hardware manufacturer in Philadelphia. In 1821 he returned to New Haven to enter his father’s business. He married Clarissa Beecher in 1824; they had nine children....