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GODDARD, Calvin Luther, inventor, born in Covington, New York, 22 January 1820. He was graduated at Yale in 1845, after which he taught the classics in New York for a year. From 1846 till 1854 he was engaged as a clerk, and then began business on his own account. His attention seems to have been called at once to the necessity of thoroughly cleansing wool in the earliest stages of its manufacture, in order to secure perfection in the finished product, and to this end he arranged a burring picker. Subsequently he patented solid packing burring machines, and feed-rolls as an attachment for the carding-machine, and has since devised several valuable improvements for this machine. The steel ring feed-rolls, with adjustable stands and spring boxes, were also patented by him. For his inventions he has been honored with many medals, including gold medals from the world's fair held in London in 1862 and that in Paris in 1867. Bishop, in his "American Manufactures, says of Mr. Goddard." Probably no man in the United States has labored more zealously and effectively to place American woollen goods on an equality with those of Europe."
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