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William Beecher
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Birth: Jan. 24, 1805
Southbury
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Jan. 10, 1893
Newton
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA

Retired manufacturer. William was the town clerk of Southbridge in 1831 and 1832. He was the representative to the Massachusetts General Court in 1861.

From http://aoeyewear.com/history/ :

The Beginnings 1826-1872

The development of the optical and eyewear manufacturing industry in America started in the early part of the nineteenth century. Prior to this time, optical frames and lenses were imported from Europe, mainly from France, Germany and England. Metal frames were also produced by local jewelry manufacturers as well as other specialty metal workers. The quantities, however, were limited to private demand for singularly custom made frames.

The AO [American Optical Manufacturing Company of Southbridge, Massachusetts] heritage began in 1826, when William Beecher, a Connecticut farm boy, came to Southbridge, after an apprenticeship in Providence, Rhode Island, where he learned the jeweler's trade. This trade he practiced in Southbridge for seven years before his fateful encounter with a pair of typically crude imported spectacles.

"I can do it better," said William Beecher to himself and he went to work.

The American optical industry was born at that moment. William Beecher fostered an enduring precept for the company that was to grow into the American Optical Company. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Nathaniel Beecher (____ - 1827)
  Dinah Smith Beecher (____ - 1839)
 
 Spouse:
  Hannah Ammidown Beecher (1806 - 1861)*
 
 Children:
  William Ammidown Beecher (1828 - 1876)*
  Nancy Ellen Beecher (1836 - 1837)*
 
 Sibling:
  Sibilla Beecher Booth (1789 - 1869)*
  William Beecher (1805 - 1893)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Southbridge
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
 
Created by: Ryan-O
Record added: Dec 11, 2009
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