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When Charles Hill Morgan learned howto use specialized drafting tools in the 1840s,his professional-grade compass preciselycentered measurements for foundations andsteam engines. His mastery of these toolsled to a future of vast new possibilities.TheMoreWhen Charles Hill Morgan learned howto use specialized drafting tools in the 1840s,his professional-grade compass preciselycentered measurements for foundations andsteam engines. His mastery of these toolsled to a future of vast new possibilities.The strength of his ideas and the success ofhis inventions took him on a path that ledfrom Lancasters Factory Village in centralMassachusetts to the courts of Europe. In thespan of 80 years, Charles would go from livinghand to mouth in Shrewsbury, Massachusettsto taking tea at Windsor Castle with theQueen of England.His life also reflected a strong moralcompass, centered around church, family andservice to others while running a Philadelphiapaper bag business, overseeing the worldslargest producer of barbed wire, and thenfounding his own steel rolling mill companyin Worcester, Massachusetts.Charles Morgans life journey servesto personalize the early development andsubsequent successes of the Americanindustrial revolution-a time in historywhen the power of ideas coupled withmechanical ability fueled those with a strongdesire to find new solutions to old problems.His struggles, first to gain the technicalknowledge and ability, and then to apply themin a commercial setting with only limitedcapital, echo the experiences of generationsof American innovators. Armed with patents,and ultimately, a solid business built on hisreputation for quality and integrity, the lifeof Charles Hill Morgan demonstrates a 19thcentury model of entrepreneurial success inthe face of daunting odds, in a time whentechnological advances first provided acompetitive advantage over longstandingmethods and practices.