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A Comprehensive View of Our Country and Its Resources. Giving a Brief Outline of the Birth and Growth of the Nation and Each State Separately. (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 31 ene 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870. Excerpt: ... WONDERS OF NATURE AND ART IN AMERICA. OUR OLDEST INHABITANT. It is believed that the oldest man living within the territory of the Union is Mr. Lomer Griffin, of Lodi, Medina county, Ohio. He is nearly one hundred and seventeen Items old. He was born at Granby, Litchfield county, Connecticut, on the 22d of April, 1759. In spite of his advanced age he is hale and intelligent, and remembers the events of his early life with distinctness. He can recall with ease the incidents connected with the excitement produced in his native town by the breaking out of the American Revolution. Among these he mentions the departure of his brothers from home to enlist in the army, while he remained behind to take care of the farm. He cast his first vote for John Adams for President, having failed for some reason whicli he does not remember to vote for Washington. Since then he has voted at every Presidential election. His life has been simple and uneventful, having been passed in plain farmer style. He has never used tobacco in any shape, but until a short white ago has taken his " bitters " regularly. About forty years ago he lost his right arm by the fall of a tree, but is quite expert with his left. "He dislikes to be bothered by inquiries about his age," says a writer in Harpers? Weekly, "and when a newspaper interviewer questioned him too closely a short time since about Noah's Ark, and the Tower of Babel, the old gentleman quite testily resented the impertinence, and advised the interviewer to 'go West and kill grasshoppers/ But after a little persuasion and coaxing he became quite communicative, and talked without reserve of his early days and experiences, of the times when only a narrow strip of territory along our eastern seaboard was inhabited, and the greater par...

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