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Charles Goodyear was born in New Haven Connecticut on December 29 1800 to Amasa and Cynthia Goodyear Charless father was a hardware manufacture and a merchant Amasa Goodyear built mainly farming tools like hayforks and scythes which he invented When Charles was a teenager he wanted to go into the ministry and become a pastor but his father convinced him that he was a good business man and placed him in the hardware store of the Rogers brothers in Philadelphia at the age of seventeen He worked there until he was twenty-one years old At that time he returned to New Haven to join his fathers business making farm tools For five years he worked for his father building up the family business On August 24 1824 while he was still working for his father he married Clarissa Beecher who also lived in New Haven Connecticut In 1826 Charles Goodyear decided to move to Philadelphia Pennsylvania There he opened a hardware store where he sold the products that his father made Four years after opening this store both Amasa and Charles Goodyear were bankrupt because they would extend credit to customers and the customers would never pay back the money that they owed Charless health started to decline and both father and son owed tens of thousands of dollars For the next thirty years Charles Goodyear was thrown in prison over ten times because he didnt pay his debts In 1834 when he was in New York on a business trip the Roxbury India Rubber Company caught his eye He decided to go inside the store and take a look around While he was in the store he saw an India rubber valve on one of the products in the store He thought that a better valve on a product of his fathers might help them pay off some of their debt He decided to make a better valve with Indian rubber A few days
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