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HUSSEY, Curtis Grubb, manufactures', born near York, Pennsylvania, in August, 1802. He is descended from Christopher Hussey, who, with others of the Society of Friends, bought the island of Nantucket as a place of refuge from persecution in 1658-'9. In childhood he was taken by his parents to Ohio, where he studied medicine at Mount Pleasant, Jefferson co. In 1825, and for some years after, he practised in Morgan county, Indiana He then engaged in mercantile pursuits and in the provision trade, and was a member of the Indiana legislature in 1829, but declined re-election. In 1848 he determined to explore and develop the Lake Superior copper region, and formed with others the Pittsburg and Boston mining company. Under his direction the first mining shaft was sunk in the vicinity of what is now known as Copper harbor. In the summer of 1845 regular mining operations were begun, and proved remunerative beyond his most sanguine expectations. The Pittsburg copper and brass rolling mills, owned by him, are the outgrowth of his successful mining enterprises. He was also the first person to succeed in making the best quality of all descriptions of crucible steel, and the establishment of Hussey, Howe and Co., Pittsburg, is engaged in this enterprise. He was one of the founders of the Alleghany observatory and of the School of design for women at Pittsburg. "
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