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AMES, Nathan P., manufacturer, born in 1803; died in Cabotville, Massachusetts.. 23 April 1847. He established a cutlery business in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, in 1829, and became known as a skilful sword-maker, furnishing large numbers by contract to the United States government. His business having increased, he removed to Cabotville, Massachusetts, and with his associates incorporated in 1834 the Ames Manufacturing Company. In 1836 the works were supplemented by the addition of a foundery for casting bronze cannon and Church-bells. This establishment soon became famous, and furnished most of the brass cannon for the United States army. The statues of De Witt Clinton, in Greenwood cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, of Washington, in Union sq., New York, and of Franklin, in School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, were cast at this foundry. In 1840 Mr. Ames visited Europe for the purpose of inspecting the various armories and of acquiring the latest information in regard to improved processes. In 1854 he received an important order from the British government for machines used in the manufacture of muskets.
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