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 Jonas Chickering

Jonas Chickering

Birth
Mason, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 8 Dec 1853 (aged 55)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 2839 · View Source
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Piano Magnate. Born in Mason Village, New Hampshire, April 5, 1798, he was a cabinet-maker when he formed a partnership with James Stewart and started making pianos in 1823. After the Stewart & Chickering Company dissolved in 1830, he started doing business as Chickering & Company and built a new five story factory in Boston. Chickering is credited with pioneering the first pronounced curved hammer strike lines in squares which permitted larger hammers. He also patented single piece iron frames combined with wrest plank bridges and damper guides in square pianos, and with massive wrest plank terminations in grand pianos. At the time of his death, his company had built over 12,000 pianos and was producing about 1,500 a year worth $200,000.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 30 Apr 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2839
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jonas Chickering (5 Apr 1798–8 Dec 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2839, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .