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DE COUDRES, Louis, brass founder, born in 1789; died in Brooklyn, New York, 16 December 1872. He was apprenticed at the age of thirteen to James P. Allaire, who was carrying on a small brass and bell foundry. At this establishment the brass castings were made for McQueen, who had a machine shop, and did the work for Robert Fulton, in applying his steam engine to the first paddlewheel boat, the "Clermont," on the North river. Several years later Mr. Allaire established his steam engine works in Cherry Street, New York, which became famous for the number and character of the engines it supplied to the early steamboats. Mr. De Coudres continued with Mr. Allaire more than half a century, some of the time as superintendent of the iron foundry, and all of the time in charge of the brasscasting department, in which art his reputation was preeminent. This branch of the Allaire works possessed for many years almost a monopoly in bell casting. Mr. De Coudres cast the first great fire alarm bells put up in the City Hall Park.
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