February 5 – Happy Birthday Adam Kline

Today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant was truly one of Amsterdam’s first Renaissance men. Adam Kline was born In Fort Johnson in 1818, His father was a successful farmer but Kline was determined not to follow in his footsteps. Instead, in 1839 he made the two-and-a-half mile move west to the village of Amsterdam where he hoped to pursue a career as a carpenter. He got a huge career break when an Amsterdam carpet mill could not find anyone willing to build a new and complicated type of weaving machine…

You can read the rest of this story in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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