Farmer, Moses Gerrish
- Bernard S. Finn
Farmer, Moses Gerrish (09 February 1820–25 May 1893), electrical inventor, was born in Boscawen, New Hampshire, the son of John Farmer, a lumber merchant and farmer, and Sally Gerrish. His early interests included music, especially the piano. There was some pressure on young Moses to go into the lumber business, but when his father died his mother helped him attend Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, which he entered in 1837, and then Dartmouth College in 1840. He had to leave college prematurely in 1842 when he contracted typhoid fever. Farmer taught in two secondary schools and worked as principal of a third. He married Hannah Tobey Shapleigh in 1844; they had one child....