Hewitt

Hewitt

Hewitt, Abram Stevens, 1822-1903, American industrialist and political leader, b. Haverstraw, N.Y. He became a lawyer, and friendship with a son and marriage to a daughter of Peter Cooper shaped his career. Together he and Edward Cooper became (1847) iron manufacturers with Peter Cooper's backing. Hewitt promoted advanced methods of iron making and steel making and was interested in railroad development and mining. He built up one of the great fortunes of his day. Elected as a Democratic Representative to Congress in 1874, he served continuously, except for one term, until 1886. As chairman of the Democratic National Committee he directed Samuel J. Tilden's presidential campaign in 1876. During Rutherford Hayes's administration he led a Democratic House majority in securing the repeal of a number of radical Reconstruction measures. In 1886 he was elected mayor of New York City on a Tammany ticket, defeating Henry George and Theodore Roosevelt. As a reform mayor, he did not suit Tammany and was not renominated. He became a trustee of Columbia Univ. and was for many years connected with Cooper Union. Selections of his writings, edited by Allan Nevins, appeared in 1937.

See study by A. Nevins (1935, repr. 1967).

(born July 31, 1822, Haverstraw, N.Y., U.S.—died Jan. 18, 1903, Ringwood, N.J.) U.S. industrialist and politician. A graduate of Columbia College (now part of Columbia University) in 1842, he formed an iron-making business with Edward and Peter Cooper in New York City in 1845; he later helped establish the Cooper Union school (1859). During the American Civil War, he produced gun-barrel iron for the government without taking a profit. In 1870 he produced the first commercial-grade steel in the U.S. In 1871 he helped Samuel Tilden oust the “Tweed ring” (see William Magear Tweed) from control of the Tammany Hall Democratic organization and the municipal government of New York City. He later served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1875–79, 1881–86). As mayor of New York (1887–88), he initiated major reforms that broke Tammany Hall's influence.

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(born July 31, 1822, Haverstraw, N.Y., U.S.—died Jan. 18, 1903, Ringwood, N.J.) U.S. industrialist and politician. A graduate of Columbia College (now part of Columbia University) in 1842, he formed an iron-making business with Edward and Peter Cooper in New York City in 1845; he later helped establish the Cooper Union school (1859). During the American Civil War, he produced gun-barrel iron for the government without taking a profit. In 1870 he produced the first commercial-grade steel in the U.S. In 1871 he helped Samuel Tilden oust the “Tweed ring” (see William Magear Tweed) from control of the Tammany Hall Democratic organization and the municipal government of New York City. He later served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1875–79, 1881–86). As mayor of New York (1887–88), he initiated major reforms that broke Tammany Hall's influence.

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Hewitt is a city in Todd County, Minnesota, along the Wing River. The population was 267 at the 2000 census.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²), all of it land.

U.S. Route 71 and Minnesota State Highway 210 are two of the main routes in the community.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 267 people, 109 households, and 69 families residing in the city. The population density was 130.3 people per square mile (50.3/km²). There were 122 housing units at an average density of 59.5/sq mi (23.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.88% White, 0.37% Native American, 0.37% Asian, and 0.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 109 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.4% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 110.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,161, and the median income for a family was $27,500. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,520. About 7.7% of families and 13.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under the age of eighteen and 18.1% of those sixty five or over.

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