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Ebenezer Cowper

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Ebenezer Cowper (1804-1880)

1804 September 17th. Born at Enfield the son of Edward Cowper, a tea dealer, and he was the youngest brother of Edward Shickle Cowper.

He was articled to Lloyd, an engineer of Gravel Hill, Southwark.

He spent all his working life manufacturing and installing letterpress printing machines, mostly designed by Applegath and Cowper, in Britain and on the continent.

Initially he worked in partnership with his brother as E. and E. Cowper

1817-21 the brothers were engaged by the Bank of England to develop a system of printing banknotes that would be difficult to forge. Although they were successful technically, the bank, being once more permitted to issue coin, declined to adopt their proposal

Later he worked for Wren and Bennett in Birmingham.

1837 Married Harriot Jane Harrison.

1880 September 14th. Died at 97 Harborne Road, Edgbaston

1880 Obituary [1]

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