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CARY, Albigence Waldo, inventor, born in Coventry, Kent County, Rhode Island, 23 May, 1801; died in Brock-port, New York, 30 August, 1862. He was the inventor of Cary's rotary force-pump, which was used on the first steam fire-engine in the United States, in reconstructing the southern railway after the civil war, and in the mines of California.--His son, Joseph Clinton, born in Alexander, Genesee County, New York, 12 October, 1828 ; died in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, 7 August, 1884, built two steam fire-engines about 1860, to which his father's pump was applied, for use in New York city. These engines propelled themselves through the streets by steam-power, and were capable, with ten men, of doing the work of five hundred with the hand-engines at that time in use. They proved to be very efficient at several large fires, and helped to save many millions of property. About 1864 Mr. Cary became a speculator in Wall street. He was the originator of the cross-town railroad running from Christopher-street ferry to the East River at Twenty-third street.
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