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Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1800, Lewis Temple established himself as a blacksmith on the New Bedford waterfront by 1836.
Temple manufactured his first toggle-iron in 1848. Its fastening power revolutionized the catching of whales. The inven…
1818-1895 "For my part, I should prefer death to hopeless bondage."New Bedford 1838-1841.
Longshoremen's Union. On this site in 1936, Cape Verdean and Portuguese dockworkers formed Locals 1413 and 1465 of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA). Prior to organizing, these dockworkers were chosen daily, based only on their ph…