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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing),
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Wood, Walter Abbott 1815-1892 Manufacturer; born in Mason, N. H., Oct. 23, 1815; received a common school education; removed to Hoosic Falls in 1835, where he established himself as a manufacturer of reapers, mowers, and binders. He was elected to Congress in 1878 and 1880; served on the committees on public expenditures and on expenditures in the Interior Department; received the first prizes for the exhibit of his inventions at the world's fairs in London, Paris, Vienna, and Philadelphia. He died in Hoosic Falls, N. Y., Jan. 15, 1892.