Isaac Leopold Rice, founder Forum Publishing and Battery Company

Isaac Leopold Rice (1850 – 1915) was a  businessman, investor, musicologist, author, and noted chess patron. He was born in Bavaria and emigrated to the United States with his mother in 1856. They initially lived in Philadelphia where he attended school, but upon graduation he went to Paris to study music for 3 years. He returned and worked at a newspaper then moved to England  in 1868 to be a music and language teacher. A year later he moved to New York City and practiced music before going back to school to become a lawyer. After graduating from Columbia College of Law in 1880 he practiced law for… Read More

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Richard M. Hoe, inventor, rotary printing press

Richard March Hoe  (September 12, 1812 – June 7, 1886) was an American inventor from New York City who designed a rotary printing press and related advancements, including the “Hoe web perfecting press” in 1871; it used a continuous roll of paper and revolutionized newspaper publishing. Mr. Hoe was born in New York City. His father and uncles established a steam-powered manufacturing plant for printing presses and at the age of fifteen, Richard joined the company. He led the company after his father’s death in 1833. He is most well known for his invention in 1843 of a rotary printing press: type was placed on a revolving… Read More

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