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ELTON, John Prince, manufacturer, born in Watertown, Connecticut, 24 April 1809: died in Waterbury, Connecticut, 10 November 1864. His education was received in the public schools and in the academy at Farmington, Conn. In March 1832, he went into business in Waterbury, Connecticut, and in January 1833, his firm began the manufacture of brass wire, being the first in the country to take up that industry. In 1836 the manufacture of brass and copper tubing was begun. In 1840, 1849, 1851 and 1863 he served in the state legislature. In 1858 he engaged in private banking, under the style of the Elton loan and trust company, and after his death the business was organized into a joint stock company, in 1864 he was a presidential elector.
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