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C. W. Sutton

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Dyer, Joseph Chessborough (1780–1871), inventor, was born at Stonington Point, Connecticut, USA, on 15 November 1780, the son of Captain Nathaniel Dyer of the Rhode Island navy. Joseph's mother died about a year later and the boy was sent to school at Wickford, Rhode Island...


Foster, Sir Michael (1689–1763), judge and legal writer, was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 16 December 1689, the second son of Michael Foster (1658–1720), a Marlborough attorney, and his wife, Sarah Coleman (b. 1657). The Fosters were a dissenting family. Educated at ...