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Building America

Cyrus McCormickFor Irish Americans, the work of the new nation was as much about building as it was about exploration.  Thousands of Irish dug the Erie Canal, built new railroads and roadways in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin.  Dewitt Clinton, the grandson of Charles Clinton of Longford, Ireland and the Governor of New York was known as the father of the Erie Canal. 
In 1834, Cyrus McCormick, who can trace his Irish ancestry to Ulster, received a patent for his invention, the McCormick reaper.  McCormick’s innovation brought monumental change to agriculture in the United States, setting the course for efficient large scale farming.   In 1847, he opened a factory in Chicago and founded a company that continues to the present day.

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