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REMINGTON, Philo, inventor, born in Litchfield, New York, 31 October, 1816. His father, Eliphalet Remington (1793-1861), as a boy obtained from a country blacksmith the privilege of using his forge on rainy days and winter evenings, and with such tools and appliances as his own ingenuity suggested produced a gun. It proved so satisfactory that he was encouraged to continue, and soon established his own forge, with trip-hammer and lathe, from which has developed the great factory now known as the Remington armory. Philo was educated at common schools and at Cazenovia seminary, after which he entered the factory. Inheriting his father's mechanical genius, he was most carefully trained in the use of every tool that is employed in the manufacture of fire-arms and in time became mechanical superintendent of the factory. With his brothers, Samuel and Eliphalet, the firm of E. Remington and Sons was established, and for upward of twenty-five ), ears he continued in charge of the mechanical department, in the course of this experience his firm probably manufactured a greater variety of fire-arms than any other like establishment, and their arms have a high reputation. The breech-loading rifle that bears the name of Remington, of which millions have been made and sold, is the best known of the guns that are made under their supervision. One of the early inventors of the type-writer placed his crude model in the hands of this firm, and under their care the machine became tile most successful instrument in use. In 1886 the Remingtons disposed of their type-writing-machine manufacturing business, and soon afterward the firm of E. Remington and Sons went into liquidation. Since then Mr. Remington has lived in retirement. Philo Remington was for nearly twenty years president of the village of ilion, and with his brother has given Syracuse university sums aggregating $250,000.
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