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Miller, Lewis

Born: 1829 AD
Died: 1899 AD

1829 – Born on the 24th of July.

         – He was an Ohio businessman who made a fortune in the late 19th century as inventor of the first combine with the blade mounted efficiently in front of the horse rather than pulled behind it.

         – He devoted much of his wealth to charitable causes associated with the Methodist Church, and was the inventor of the "Akron plan" for Sunday schools, a building layout with a central assembly hall surrounded by small classrooms.

1874 – Interested in improving the training of Sunday school teachers, he worked with John Heyl Vincent to found what is now the Chautauqua Institution.

1899 – Died on the 17th of February.