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Tagliabue, Giuseppe

Deborah Jean Warner

in American National Biography Online

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

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Tagliabue, Giuseppe (10 August 1812–07 May 1878), instrument maker and inventor, was born in Como, Italy, the son of Caesar Tagliabue, a glass-blower (mother’s name unknown). His grandfather Caesar Tagliabue is said to have been one of the first to produce thermometers in quantity. His father moved to London in the early nineteenth century and produced such glass instruments as thermometers, barometers, and hydrometers used to test the strength and/or purity of a wide variety of liquids. Giuseppe Tagliabue learned the instrument trade in London, working, by varying accounts, with either his father or his brother Giovanni. He moved to Rio de Janeiro in 1829, and by 1834 he had settled in New York City. Like many young artisans of that period, Tagliabue’s early career appears erratic. He began in a single room on Water Street, and his address changed frequently over the next several decades. By 1848 he was able to purchase a four-story building at 298 Pearl Street in which he lived and worked. Married first to Mary (maiden name unknown) from England, with whom he had two children, Tagliabue later married Adelaide Arnaboldi from New York City. They had at least six children. In the late 1860s Tagliabue moved his shop to larger premises at 302 Pearl, and he moved his family into a house in suburban Mt. Vernon, New York....

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