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Charles Brooks Hoard, known as C. B. Hoard within the collection, served in the New York State Assembly from 1837-1838, was Jefferson County Clerk from 1844-1846, and was elected to represent the State of New York in the United States House of Representatives from 1857-1861. During the American Civil War, Hoard attempted to patent the Watertown Musket and was contracted by the federal government to manufacture the muskets for the war effort. C. B. Hoard partnered with Eli Thayer in the development of Ceredo, Virginia, now Ceredo, West Virginia. Thayer, who had hopes of establishing a colony in Ceredo to prove the superiority of free labor in comparison to slave labor, borrowed money from Hoard to help found the colony. After Thayer ran into financial hardships, he signed over his Ceredo properties to C. B. Hoard in order to repay Hoard for the initial loan. In 1869 Hoard relocated to Ceredo, soon followed by his sons, Pitt and S. Floyd Hoard.

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Span Dates: 1820-1970