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In the most comprehensive biographical study of John Purdue (c. 1802-1876) to date, Purdue's great-great-grandniece describes her travels to the diverse places where Purdue had lived in order to learn about the mysterious relative known in her family as qUncle.qq Using fresh, unpublished source materials-including Purdue's personal correspondence, business ledgers, and the family oral histories-the author examines Purdue's beginning among illiterate, immigrant, Pennsylvania mountain-hollow folks. Uncle challenges a commonly held belief that Purdue was a cold-hearted business mogul. Instead the author shows Purdue as a human being and as a generous family man with a visionary nature.How is the water in the grove and how does the new well hold out? How does the pump work in the well? . . . Has Miller sent any more lumber? . . . You did not say whether John Sumatt had left or not? Is Mr. Clark still there? [Clark left for theanbsp;...

Author:Irena Scott
Publisher:Purdue University Press - 2008


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