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DALZELL, Robert M., inventor, born near Belfast, Ireland, in 1793 ; died in Rochester, New York, 22 January 1873. His ancestors were Scotch, and his father, John Dalzell, a leader in the Irish rebellion of 1798, in consequence of which the old family mansion was burned, and he forced to put to sea in an open boat. He was rescued by a vessel bound for New York, where he settled and where his family soon followed him. When Robert was about thirty-three years of age he removed to Rochester. He was a millwright, unusually skilful and ingenious, and many of the flourmills in the City of Rochester were built under his supervision. He invented and introduced the "elevator system" in handling and stowing grain, which is now in general use.
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