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== Life and Death ==
 
== Life and Death ==
Harvey Goodwin was born on August 17, 1802 in New Hartford to [[Pitts Goodwin]] and [[Miriam (Gilbert) Goodwin|Miriam Gilbert]]. He was the great-great-great-great-grandson of [[Ozias Goodwin]], one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.
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Harvey Goodwin was born on August 17, 1802 in New Hartford to [[Pitts Goodwin]] and [[Miriam (Gilbert) Goodwin|Miriam Gilbert]]. He was the great-great-great-great-grandson of [[Ozias Goodwin]], one of the founders of Hartford, Connecticut.
   
 
Throughout his early childhood, he received his primary education and in 1823, at the age of 21, he moved to Torrington, Connecticut, where he engaged in farming and brickmaking. He also learned the potter's trade of his uncle, [[Seth Goodwin (potter)|Seth Goodwin]], who had founded a pottery business in Elmwood in 1798, and his cousin, [[Thomas O'Hara Goodwin]]. In 1827, he moved from Torrington to West Hartford, Connecticut, and manufactured pottery. He worked in a brickyard for some time until he decided in 1832 to begin his own company in Elmwood, West Hartford. He founded the business based on the manufacture of glazed earthenware, mainly because the consolidation of the business was facilitated by rich clay deposits in Elmwood. During this time, especially in the 1840's, he maintained a brick house on the north side of New Britain Avenue, east of the railroad, a location that served as a tavern as well. A staunch Democrat but never an aspirant for public office, Goodwin did not vote until he was 30 years old, when he cast a vote for Andrew Jackson for President of the United States.
 
Throughout his early childhood, he received his primary education and in 1823, at the age of 21, he moved to Torrington, Connecticut, where he engaged in farming and brickmaking. He also learned the potter's trade of his uncle, [[Seth Goodwin (potter)|Seth Goodwin]], who had founded a pottery business in Elmwood in 1798, and his cousin, [[Thomas O'Hara Goodwin]]. In 1827, he moved from Torrington to West Hartford, Connecticut, and manufactured pottery. He worked in a brickyard for some time until he decided in 1832 to begin his own company in Elmwood, West Hartford. He founded the business based on the manufacture of glazed earthenware, mainly because the consolidation of the business was facilitated by rich clay deposits in Elmwood. During this time, especially in the 1840's, he maintained a brick house on the north side of New Britain Avenue, east of the railroad, a location that served as a tavern as well. A staunch Democrat but never an aspirant for public office, Goodwin did not vote until he was 30 years old, when he cast a vote for Andrew Jackson for President of the United States.
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