Horace Day was one of the earliest manufacturers of rubber in America. During the period 1840 till 1859 (and his death) he amassed a great fortune, which he then used to fund a number of utopian schemes in his native country. These included plans to build a canal from Niagara River, and to lay a pipe from that same river to supply New York with water pressurised enough to run machinery. He died in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1859.
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