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Title: Benjamin Banneker

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Subject: Biographies
Author: Dj
Date: December 14, 2016
Level: University
Grade: A
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In 1753 he completed a clock built entirely of wood. He carved each gear by hand. His only models were a pocket watch and a picture of a clock. The clock kept almost perfect time for over 50 years. In 1791, Banneker was an assistant to Major Andrew Ellicott, the surveyor appointed by President George Washington to lay out the boundaries of the District of Columbia...

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Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson had recommended Banneker for this work. From 1791 to 1796, Benjamin made all the astronomical and tide calculations and weather predictions for a yearly almanac. Benjamin sent Jefferson a copy of his first almanac. With it he sent a letter asking for the abolition of slavery and a liberal attitude towards blacks...

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