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CUTTING, James Ambrose, inventor, born in Massachusetts in 1814; died in Worcester, Massachusetts, 31 July 1867. His early years were spent in Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he lived in straitened circumstances. He invented a new beehive, and for the patent received sufficient encouragement to settle in Boston, where he then devised several improved processes, but deriving no important benefit from them, and soon lost all his property. Afterward turning his attention to the new art of making daguerreotypes, he discovered the process of making pictures on glass, which after his own name he called ambrotypes. This he at once patented, and then disposed of his rights, both in this country and abroad. He established an aquarium in Boston, and subsequently the aquaria gardens.
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