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Henry Leavitt Ellsworth

Born: Nov 10, 1791

Death: Dec 27, 1858

Birthplace: Windsor

Nationality: United States

Henry Leavitt Ellsworth

Date of Birth : Nov 10, 1791
Date of Death : Dec 27, 1858
Birth Place : Windsor

Henry Leavitt Ellsworth was a Yale-educated attorney who became the first Commissioner of the U.S. Patent Office, where he encouraged innovation by inventors Samuel F.B. Morse and Samuel Colt. Ellsworth also served as the second president of the Aetna Insurance Company, and was a major donor to Yale College, a commissioner to Indian tribes on the western frontier, and the founder of what became the United States Department of Agriculture.

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