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Captains of Industry

James Parton (1822-1891)

1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - David Maydole, Hammer-Maker
3. 02 - Icabod Washburn, Wire-Maker
4. 03 - Elihu Burrit, The Learned Blacksmith
5. 04 - Michael Reynolds, Engine Driver
6. 05 - Major Robert Pike, Farmer
7. 06 - George Graham, Clock Maker, Buried in Westminster Abbey
8. 07 - John Harrison, Exquisite Watch-Maker
9. 08 - Peter Faneuil, and The Great Hall He Built
10. 09 - Chauncy Jerome, Yankee Clock-Maker
11. 10 - Captain Pierre Laclede Liguest, Pioneer
12. 11 - Israel Putnam, Farmer
13. 12 - George Flower, Pioneer
14. 13 - Edward Coles, Noblest of the Pioneers, and His Great Speech
15. 14 - Peter H. Burnett, Banker
16. 15 - Gerrit Smith
17. 16 - Peter Force, Printer
18. 17 - John Bromfield, Merchant
19. 18 - Frederick Tudor, Ice Exporter
20. 19 - Myron Holley, Market-Gardener
21. 20 - The Founders of Lowell
22. 21 - Robert Owen, Cotton-Manufacturer
23. 22 - John Smedley, Stocking-Manufacturer
24. 23 - Richard Cobden, Calico Printer
25. 24 - Henry Bessemer
26. 25 - John Bright, Manufacturer
27. 26 - Thomas Edward, Cobbler and Naturalist
28. 27 - Robert Dick, Baker and Naturalist
29. 28 - John Duncan, Weaver and Botanist
30. 29 - James Lackington, Second-Hand Bookseller
31. 30 - Horace Greeley's Start
32. 31 - James Gordon Bennett, and How He Founded His Herald
33. 32 - Three John Walters, and Their Newspaper
34. 33 - George Hope
35. 34 - Sir Henry Cole
36. 35 - Charles Summers
37. 36 - William B. Astor, House-Owner
38. 37 - Peter Cooper
39. 38 - Paris-Duverney, French Financier
40. 39 - Sir Rowland Hill
41. 40 - Marie-Antoine Careme, French Cook
42. 41 - Wonderful Walker, Parson of All Work
43. 42 - Sir Christopher Wren
44. 43 - Sir John Rennie, Engineer
45. 44 - Sir Moses Montefiore
46. 45 - Marquis of Worcester, Inventor of the Steam Engine
47. 46 - An Old Dry-Goods Merchant's Recollections

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In this volume are presented examples of men who shed lustre upon ordinary pursuits, either by the superior manner in which they exercised them or by the noble use they made of the leisure which success in them usually gives. Such men are the nobility of republics.Most of these chapters were published originally in "The Ledger" of New York, and a few of them in "The Youths' Companion" of Boston, the largest two circulations in the country. I have occasionally had reason to think that they were of some service to young readers, and I may add that they represent more labor and research than would be naturally supposed from their brevity. Perhaps in this new form they may reach and influence the minds of future leaders in the great and growing realm of business. I should pity any young man who could read the briefest account of what has been done in manufacturing towns by such men as John Smedley and Robert Owen without forming a secret resolve to do something similar if ever he should win the opportunity.