DEC 00] UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK NEWS
Coventry's Previous Links With America
COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE PROMOTIONS
things you might not know about Coventry and its links with the
United States. By Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions.
Davenport, born in Coventry in 1597, became one of the
pioneers of the New Haven colony, and helped to found Yale
Samuel Nutt played a surprising role in the American
Revolution. The family firm of iron founders he established
in Pennsylvania became one of the key suppliers of cannon to
George Washington's armies.
Nathaniel Hawthorne visited Coventry in 1855 and left a
vivid account of the old city. He said it reminded him of
played a key role in Coventry's fledgling engineering
industries at the turn of the 20th century. Oscar Harmer
from New York, was the first general manager for Alfred
Herbert, later the world's biggest machine tool firm. Percy
Martin from Columbus, Ohio, was works manager for the
Daimler Company, pioneers of the British motor industry in
Coventry in 1896. By 1906 he was managing director, a
position he held for more than 20 years.
Duryea company, based in the Radford area of Coventry from
1902-1908, is believed to have produced the first American
car ever made outside the United States.
Martin's son Jack founded the Smirnoff vodka family firm,
which through a trust fund has been a major benefactor to
the University of Warwick in Coventry.
city's famous Godiva statue was unveiled by the wife of the
American Ambassador to Britain in 1949.
of its booming car industry, Coventry was known as Britain's
Detroit in the 1950s.
pioneer Frank Whittle, born in Coventry in 1907, spent the
last 20 years of his life in the United States. He died at
his home in Maryland in 1996.
city has three twin towns in the United States: Coventry,
Connecticut; Coventry, Rhode Island; Coventry, New York
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