A Classification of American Wealth
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   Samuel Colt inventor of the revolving pistol  

Like the first Eli Whitney, Samuel Colt (1814-1862) was an inventor before becoming a business man. Like Whitney, success eluded him for a long time before he eventually made a fortune. Samuel Colt was born into a Hartford family of merchants of bankers. His maternal grandfather, John Caldwell, was a founder of the city's first bank and his father, Christopher Colt, had made and lost a fortune in the West India trade


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