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William Colgate Eaton


Born into Hamilton, New York. Graduate of Madison University, now Colgate with A.B. in 1869. Graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy in 1874. He received an A.M. from Colgate University in 1872 and Ph.D. in 1881. Served in the U. S. Navy. Married Lizzie Blish September 6, 1890. They had a son. He rose in rank to commodore. He retired from the Navy in 1908.

He was a collector of Civil War tokens. He bored two holes in each cent so that he could string them together in a chain seven feet long. He contributed articles to The Numismatist.

His collection was sold at auction by Henry Chapman May 7, 1929.

bio: WWWA-1 obit: NUM 49 Jul 1936 page 542

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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