A Classification of American Wealth
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Oliver Fisher Winchester (1810-1880) had the background of a merchant and shirt manufacturer before entering the armory business, which made him rich and famous. With his partner John M. Davies, Winchester established a modern shirt factory in New Haven in 1848. Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson started their career as arms manufacturers precisely with the company that would once bear the name of Winchester. In 1855, they formed the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company in Norwich Connecticut, of which Oliver Winchester became a shareholder. Two years later the company was bankrupt and Winchester faced the loss of his initial investment


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