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Lost men of American history,

Author: Stewart H Holbrook
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan Company, 1946.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Biography : Microfilm : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mr. Holbrook has dredged our past from 1620 to Pearl Harbor for important figures who have contributed to America's development, but who, because of the passage of time or the vagaries of history, are now obscure and forgotten. Although their names may be unknown, these men and women reveal the pattern of our national genius--a genius for the unconventional that no other nation can match. That is why they make a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart H Holbrook
OCLC Number: 53355727
Notes: "First printing."
Reproduction Notes: Microfilm. Washington, D.C., Library of Congress.
Description: xiv, 370 pages plates, portraits, facsimiles 22 cm
Responsibility: by Stewart H. Holbrook.

Abstract:

Mr. Holbrook has dredged our past from 1620 to Pearl Harbor for important figures who have contributed to America's development, but who, because of the passage of time or the vagaries of history, are now obscure and forgotten. Although their names may be unknown, these men and women reveal the pattern of our national genius--a genius for the unconventional that no other nation can match. That is why they make a truly fascinating parade in the pages of this book. Among them are Christopher Ludwick, the Philadelphia baker who persuaded Hessians to desert their British employers; David Bushnell, inventor of a primitive submarine; Jehudi Ashmun, the founder of Liberia; Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver and the early process of interchangeable parts; Frederic Tudor, the Ice King, who should by rights be declared patron saint of the drug store soda fountain; Mrs. Bloomer, who had other claims to fame besides the invention of a garment for female limbs--and a host of other interesting and forgotten people.

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