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This is the grave of Cyrus McCormick. Born in 1809 in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, he grew up a tinkerer. His father was an inventor of agricultural machines. The father had long thought about the idea of a mechanical reaper. So in the early 1830s, he and his son developed it together, aided of course by […]
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This is the grave of Carl Schurz. Born in 1829 in Prussia, Schurz was the son of a school teacher and a journalist and had a firmly middle class upbringing. He attended good schools, though did sometimes have financial problems. He went to the University of Bonn, where he was during the 1848 revolutions that […]
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This is the grave of George Wetmore. Born in 1846 in London, Wetmore grew up wealthy. His parents weren’t English. They were just traveling in Europe when he was born. His father was a big time merchant in the China trade, which is where a lot of the Newport wealth originated. Here’s a George Alexander […]
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