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American entrepreneur who headed a Midwestern meat-packing enterprise during the late 1800s.
He grew up on a Massachusetts farm and began working for a butcher shop when he was 14 years old.
He had 11 children with his wife Annie Maria Higgins.
He was employed by the same turn-of-the-century meatpacking industry that provided scandalous fodder for author Upton Sinclair.
He helped develop a refrigerated railroad car that allowed for the mass distribution of inexpensive beef.
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