When Hiram was only eighteen months old1

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When Hiram was only eighteen months old, the family picked up yet again and moved to  the new county seat of Georgetown to open a tannery. Jesse built the tannery and  nearby a small brick house for his family. The house stank from the tannery for the  entire sixteen years Hiram was to spend there: livestock were slaughtered, their hides  soaked in lye and then cured with acid. The animals screamed as Jesse's workers killed  them. Hiram hated the whole operation and frequently made his opinions known. In the  new house, Hannah Simpson bore five more children: Samuel Simpson, Clara Rachel,  Virginia Paine, Orvil Lynch, and Virginia Paine. The two other boys would follow their  father into the tannery; only Hiram shunned the family business. Jesse Grant became involved in politics as a member of the Jacksonian Democrats,  serving as Master of the Masonic Lodge and one term as mayor of the town. Historians 
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.

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