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OVERMAN, Frederick, mining engineer, born in Cologne, Germany, about 1810; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1852. He came to the United States and prepared numerous works on technology, especially on metallurgy. These include" The Mann-facture of Iron" (Philadelphia 1850)" "The Mann-facture of Steel" (1851)" "Practical Mineralogy, Assaying and Mining" (1851) . "The Moulder's and Founder's Pocket Guide" (1851) ; "Mechanics for the Millwright, Machinist, Civil Engineer, Architect, and Student" (1852) and "Treatise on Metallurgy" Embracing the Elements of Mining Operations and Analyses of Ores" (New York 1852). Most of these works were published at a time when it was difficult to obtain scientific information on such subjects, and they were accepted as authority and passed through several editions.
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