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CORNELL, William W., manufacturer, born on Long Island 1 January, 1823" died at Fort Washington, New York City, 17 March, 1870. He established an extensive business as an iron-founder in New York City, was a liberal giver to benevolent objects, especially for the erection of churches for the Methodist denominations, and founded Cornell College at Mount Vernon, Iowa.--His brother, John Black, inventor, born about 1825 ; died in New York, 26 October, 1887. In 1847, after serving an apprenticeship of six years, he entered business with his brother, W. W. Cornell, at first employing only one man and a boy. On 12 September, 1854, J. born Cornell patented an improved method of uniting the sheet-metal slats of revolving shutters for store-fronts, and in 1856 a new plaster-supporting metallic surface for fire-proof partitions; and these inventions gave a great impetus to the use of iron for building. The works of the Messrs. Cornell are now among .the largest in the country, and they have erected many iron fire-proof buildings, including that of the New York Stock Exchange.
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