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Pillsbury, Charles Alfred

Thomas C. Buckley

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Pillsbury, Charles Alfred (03 October 1842–17 September 1899), manufacturer of flour and grain products, was born in Warner, New Hampshire, the son of George Alfred Pillsbury and Margaret Sprague Carleton. His family moved in 1851 to Concord, where he completed his secondary education at age fifteen. He then spent a year at New London preparatory academy and was accepted to Dartmouth College. During the succeeding four years Pillsbury studied ancient and modern languages, physics, chemistry, and civil engineering, and taught school intermittently to earn money for his tuition. Upon graduation in 1863, he moved to Montreal, Canada, for six years, rising from clerk to partner in a produce commission company. During that period he hired a substitute when the Civil War draft was enacted and remained in Montreal. In 1866 he wed Mary A. Stinson of Goffstown, New Hampshire; they had four children. At the end of the decade Pillsbury experienced financial reverses and difficulties with his partners that nearly destroyed the business. He paid off his debts and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where his uncle ...

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