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Can you name the important figures of pre-Civil War America (1791-1861)?

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ContributionImportant figureYear
Brought British textile technology to America 1791
Invented the cotton gin1793
Invented the steam boat1807
1st internationally succesful American author: wrote Knickerbocker's History of New York1809
New York Governor who became the driving force behind the construction of the Erie Canal1817
Founder of the Troy Female Seminary1821
Self proclaimed 'God's Plowman'; helped start the 2nd Great Awakening1824
Author of Last of the Mohicans1826
Standardized American English with his dictionary1828
'Father of Modern Revivalism'; president of Oberlin College,Ohio1830
Founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints(Mormonism)1830
Creator of the mechanical reaper of his namesake1831
sparked widespread education reform as Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education1831
Painter & advocate for Native Americans and conservation;first proposed the creation of a National Park1832
Creator of the best selling grade school reader of his namesake1835
Poet; Founder of the Transcendentalist movement: author of the Oversoul1836
Inventor of the steel plow1837
Transcendentalist;feminist;first editor of The Dial1840
leading reformer of mental asylums1843
ContributionImportant figureYear
Inventor of the telegraph1844
founder of the 7th Day Adventists; tried (and failed) to predict the Rapture1844
Gothic poet & author; wrote The Raven1845
Fireside Poet;political satirist; author of the Biglow Papers1846
Lead the Mormons into Utah1846
feminist; abolitionist; penned the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls convention1848
feminist; abolitionist; Quaker minister; attended Seneca Falls convention1848
1st woman to receive a medical degree in America1849
Transcendentalist; author of 'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience'1849
Author of The Scarlet Letter1850
'Father of American Music'; penned 'Oh Susanna' & 'Camptown Races'1850
Author of Moby Dick1851
historian; author of the massive 7 volume 'France and England in North America1851
women's rights advocate; temperence activist ;co-founder the feminist journal The Revolution 1852
free verse poet; author of Leaves of Grass1855
businessman; created the Atlantic Telegraph Company; laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic1858
Fireside Poet; wrote 'Paul Revere's Ride'1860
Author of Little Woman1868

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