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TAGLIABUE, Giuseppe, instrument-maker, born near Como, Italy, 10 August, 1812; died in Mount Vernon, New York, 7 May, 1878. He was educated at the village school, and was sent to Como to learn cabinet-making. In 1826 he went to London, where he was apprenticed to a firm of meteorological and philosophical instrument-makers. He settled in New York in 1833, and soon acquired the reputation of being one of the most competent instrument-makers in this country. His hydrometer for the proving of whiskey was adopted by the United States internal revenue department in preference to all others, and he made instruments for the United States coast survey. He made a great variety of hydrometers, including original forms and new adaptations to meet the requirements of the advancement of science and manufacture. Several of the self-recording instruments in use in the Central park meteorological observatory are of his construction.
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