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John Meads

  • Birth 2 Jun 1777 Polesworth, North Warwickshire Borough, Warwickshire, England
  • Death 10 Feb 1859 Albany, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Plot Lot 42, Section 56
  • Memorial ID 1324

Furniture maker. The business partnership of John Meads and William Alvord (1766-1853) produced America's most artistically sophisticated nineteenth-centruty furniture. Meads & Alvord was New York state's premier Neoclassical furniture firm, and they served customers throughout the Hudson River Valley. After the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, making it possible to ship furniture to distant buyers, their business grew to encompass the western United States. Meads & Alvord adapted popular Grecian and Gothic Revival designs and their unique decorations, such as hand carved melon feet on tables and desks, became increasingly popular in US furniture making.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1324
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Meads (2 Jun 1777–10 Feb 1859), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1324, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .