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Wardwell (Charles P. S.) Papers
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A collection related to the life and career of American inventor Charles P. S. Wardwell.
Charles Pickney S. Wardwell (1824-1879) was a New Hampshire inventor. Wardwell was born in Oxford County, Maine, son of Joseph H. Wardwell and Lydia Wardwell; in the early 1850s he moved to Lake Village, New Hampshire. In 1854 to 1855, 1858, and 1862 to 1863, he patented various tenoning machines and circular sawing machines. During the Civil War, he worked at the Springfield Armory (Massachusetts). Wardwell was the founder of the C.P.S. Wardwell Company and in 1878, he was the owner of The Wardwell Needle Co. in Lake Village, New Hampshire. He died in Boston, Massachusetts in March 1879. Wardwell's elder brother George J. Wardwell had worked as a painter and tried his hand at farming before moving to Canada and taking a job at Page's Oar Factory at Coaticook, Quebec (1859). His other brother, Jarvis traveled to California and in 1852 was working at a mine in Deer Creek. He then returned to New England and in 1861 worked in Boston for James Boy and Sons on harness work for the government. In 1863, Joseph W. Wardwell worked at a mill in Oneida, New York, and in 1864, enlisted in 7th unassigned Company of Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, which was organized for the garrison of forts in Boston Harbor, and later attached as company C to the 3rd Massachusetts regiment of Heavy Artillery. After the war, in 1867, he worked at Springfield Armory. His brothers William H., Nathaniel, and Spafford H. Wardwell and his sister Sarah E. (Lizzie) Wardwell Farnum lived in Rumford, Maine.
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