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Richard Reynolds (1735-1816), Philanthropist and industrialist

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Iron manufacturer and philanthropist. Reynolds was a partner of Abraham Darby in his Coalbrookdale ironworks. He married Darby's daughter and assumed control of the works on his death. Reynolds produced cylinders for most of the early steam-engines and ordered the first rotative engine made by Watt and Boulton. A Quaker by birth, he gave very large sums to charity.

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