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Waterman Lilly Ormsby


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Waterman Lilly Ormsby
  • Born: 4 Sep 1809, Hampton CT
  • Marriage (1): Julia Ann Brainard on 22 Nov 1830 in Brooklyn NY
  • Died: 1 Nov 1883, Brooklyn NY

  General notes:

He invented several ruling-machines, transfer-presses, and other implements that are used in bank-note engraving, a machine for engraving on steel called the "grammagraph," and one for splitting wood. He was a founder of the Continental Bank-note Company, which during the civil war and afterward executed a large amount of work for the United States government. The peculiar design of the five-dollar bank-note was largely the result of Mr.Ormsby's idea for the prevention of counterfeiting. It is claimed that he assisted Samuel F. B. Morse and Henry A. Munson in the invention of the Morse alphabet, and, aided by Mr. Munson, he transmitted messages at the first public exhibition of the telegraph in New York city. He published several pamphlets, and a quarto volume entitled "Ormsby Bank-Note Engraving" (New York, 1852).

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1840-1880 as an engraver in Brooklyn NY listed in the 1840 city directory at 143 Prospect Avenue.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Hampton CT, listed as an engraver.
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Brooklyn NY, listed as an engraver.

Waterman married Julia Ann Brainard on 22 Nov 1830 in Brooklyn NY. (Julia Ann Brainard was born on 10 Dec 1811 in Albany NY and died on 15 Aug 1871.)

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