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Rittenhouse, Davidlocked

  • Whitfield J. Bell, Jr


Rittenhouse, David (1732–1796), instrument maker and astronomer, was born on 8 April 1732 at Paper Mill Run, near Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second of ten children of Elizabeth Williams and Matthias Rittenhouse (1702–1779), a paper maker turned farmer. The elder Rittenhouse was of German Mennonite background, his wife of Welsh Quaker, but neither seems to have been strongly attached to either church; their son, who held deistical views, had a loose affiliation with the Presbyterians....

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