Oliver 1750 Row Crop Tractor
The Oliver 1750 is a two-wheel-drive row-crop tractor from Oliver 50 series and powered by a Minneapolis-Moline engine.
Adam Humbarger learned how to disassemble and restore tractors through Doug Walker’s Vo-ag classes at Delphi High School. Now he restores them whenever he has time.
Early Life and Education
As opposed to his father’s wish that he become a minister, he chose the law profession instead and excelled at it through self-study and experience in practice.
At Dartmouth in 1815-‘6, he lectured in chemistry. And at Bowdoin in 1827-‘8, he taught materia medica and therapeutics classes.
During the American Revolutionary War, he raised Connecticut state militia and served on its provincial council (1771-86). Following that conflict he served as commissioner at Albany to negotiate peace between heads of Six Nations tribes and arrange rectification of their frontier. Later he participated in ratifying a new federal Constitution; an advocate of religious liberty while opposed slavery.
Achievement and Honors
He participated in Shays’ Rebellion as part of Connecticut militia and was twice hit by bullets; additionally he served Middlesex County as judge of probate and justice of peace.
Atkins was an accomplished author in both prose and verse. His focus included antiquarian studies as well as writing letters back home. Furthermore, he served as delegate at the first convention on property rights.
He was an extremely prominent benefactor to Harvard College, with the university awarding him honorary master’s and doctor’s degrees as recognition for his generous support. Furthermore, he was well known in Groton as well as being an influential local figure who supported both church activities and public education, in addition to being an exceptionally wealthy landowner with vast tracts in Connecticut.
Oliver served on several committees during his life; these included serving on the colonial council, delegating to the Continental Congress, judging in Litchfield County Court and raising and leading a militia company during New York City’s defense during its fight for independence.
He was an active supporter of the Patriot cause during the American Revolutionary War and signed the Declaration of Independence. Additionally, in 1775 he served as commissioner for the northern department and attended a peace conference held between Iroquois tribes at Albany to negotiate peace.
Collections encompass personal, political and legal papers; scientific notes; sermons; maps; genealogy research materials and portraits. Black-and-white digital images from these collections are accessible online in History Vault: Revolutionary War and Early America but access is only permitted to subscribing libraries.
Judge Oliver was one of colonial America’s earliest industrial entrepreneurs, opening Middleborough to international trade with his rolling and slitting mill. With this wealth, Judge Oliver also built two significant gentry mansions during the third quarter of the eighteenth century that show an extraordinary degree of sophistication far exceeding traditional building traditions of that period. Russell Sage helped expand their family fortune further through investments he founded into railroad companies; these investments later sold off by larger conglomerates for billions more at death – giving Judge Oliver’s net worth equalling over $47 billion!
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