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The man with the elaborate signature

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Francis E. Spinner, the nineteenth century U.S. Treasurer who developed an elaborate signature to prevent counterfeiting of currency, spent time in his youth apprenticed to saddle and harness maker David DeForest in Amsterdam. Spinner was born in German Flats in the western Mohawk Valley in 1802, the oldest of nine children. His father, Reverend John Spinner, was a German Roman Catholic priest who had become a Protestant and married Magdalene Brument. The Spinners came to ...

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