Captains of Industry

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In this volume are presented examples of men who shed lustre upon ordinary pursuits, either by the superior manner in which they exercised them or by the noble use they made of the leisure which success in them usually gives. Such men are the nobility of republics.

Most of these chapters were published originally in "The Ledger" of New York, and a few of them in "The Youths' Companion" of Boston, the largest two circulations in the country. I have occasionally had reason to think that they were of some service to young readers, and I may add that they represent more labor and research than would be naturally supposed from their brevity. Perhaps in this new form they may reach and influence the minds of future leaders in the great and growing realm of business. I should pity any young man who could read the briefest account of what has been done in manufacturing towns by such men as John Smedley and Robert Owen without forming a secret resolve to do something similar if ever he should win the opportunity. (Summary from the Preface) (9 hr 56 min)


Preface 4:11 Read by Issa Deas
David Maydole, Hammer-Maker 11:41 Read by Phil Chenevert
Icabod Washburn, Wire-Maker 13:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
Elihu Burrit, The Learned Blacksmith 13:57 Read by William Tomcho
Michael Reynolds, Engine Driver 10:15 Read by Phil Chenevert
Major Robert Pike, Farmer 11:38 Read by Phil Chenevert
George Graham, Clock Maker, Buried in Westminster Abbey 10:18 Read by Garth Burton
John Harrison, Exquisite Watch-Maker 11:01 Read by Availle
Peter Faneuil, and The Great Hall He Built 20:47 Read by William Tomcho
Chauncy Jerome, Yankee Clock-Maker 14:40 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Captain Pierre Laclede Liguest, Pioneer 10:23 Read by William Tomcho
Israel Putnam, Farmer 11:49 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
George Flower, Pioneer 19:45 Read by William Tomcho
Edward Coles, Noblest of the Pioneers, and His Great Speech 12:35 Read by William Tomcho
Peter H. Burnett, Banker 11:29 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
Gerrit Smith 11:06 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Peter Force, Printer 12:01 Read by William Tomcho
John Bromfield, Merchant 12:06 Read by Crln Yldz Ksr
Frederick Tudor, Ice Exporter 10:36 Read by Phil Chenevert
Myron Holley, Market-Gardener 9:52 Read by William Tomcho
The Founders of Lowell 14:55 Read by William Tomcho
Robert Owen, Cotton-Manufacturer 12:29 Read by William Tomcho
John Smedley, Stocking-Manufacturer 11:23 Read by William Tomcho
Richard Cobden, Calico Printer 17:19 Read by William Tomcho
Henry Bessemer 9:34 Read by Phil Chenevert
John Bright, Manufacturer 17:59 Read by William Tomcho
Thomas Edward, Cobbler and Naturalist 12:52 Read by William Tomcho
Robert Dick, Baker and Naturalist 11:56 Read by William Tomcho
John Duncan, Weaver and Botanist 10:17 Read by William Tomcho
James Lackington, Second-Hand Bookseller 10:52 Read by Phil Chenevert
Horace Greeley's Start 14:32 Read by William Tomcho
James Gordon Bennett, and How He Founded His "Herald" 17:28 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Three John Walters, and Their Newspaper 18:49 Read by William Tomcho
George Hope 9:17 Read by William Tomcho
Sir Henry Cole 11:26 Read by Julia Kelley
Charles Summers 11:09 Read by Theresa Sheridan
William B. Astor, House-Owner 10:36 Read by Julia Kelley
Peter Cooper 29:11 Read by William Tomcho
Paris-Duverney, French Financier 14:55 Read by William Tomcho
Sir Rowland Hill 10:21 Read by William Tomcho
Marie-Antoine Careme, French Cook 9:18 Read by William Tomcho
Wonderful Walker, Parson of All Work 11:39 Read by William Tomcho
Sir Christopher Wren 12:48 Read by Delmar H Dolbier
Sir John Rennie, Engineer 10:30 Read by Garth Burton
Sir Moses Montefiore 8:35 Read by William Tomcho
Marquis of Worcester, Inventor of the Steam Engine 10:11 Read by Garth Burton
An Old Dry-Goods Merchant's Recollections 12:07 Read by Phil Chenevert


great characters

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great characters from a time long gone but with good lessons for today

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Great little snippets of many biographies... Nourishing listen.