Almond Dunbar Fisk
Almond Dunbar Fisk was born in 1818 in upstate New York in the town of Chazy on the western shore of Lake Champlain. He began his early professional career as a stove merchant in lower Manhattan. He started work on his airtight metallic burial cases in the mid-1840s and received a patent in 1848; at which time he partnered with his father-in-law, Harvey Raymond to form the company Fisk & Raymond. After early success following the funeral of former first lady Dolley Madison, he suffered tragic losses from a fire at his foundry and died a year later in 1850 at age 32.
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*A Fisk patent metallic burial case from Western Missouri: an interdisciplinary and comprehensive effort to reconstruct the history of an early settler of Lexington, Missouri. Daniel J. Wescott et al. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences; December 2010, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 283–305