Saturday, July 5, 2008

Crochet Trivia: Did Ewe Know?

Did Ewe Know?

David Humpreys once had a town named after him, it was called "Humpreysville" and was located in what is now known as Seymour, Connecticut.

David  joined the New York Militia regiment in 1776 and worked his way up to eventually being named the first United States Minister to Portugal. 

It was during this time, while visiting Spain, that he developed an interest in sheep breeding, later introducing merino wool to Connecticut.  This lead to him eventually improving the quality of American wool in his mill, creating fine fabrics that were used to create the inaugural uniforms for Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.  George Washington's uniform is on display at the Smithsonian Institute.  To learn more about David Humphreys, click here.

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