Henry E. Steinway

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Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, anglicized name Henry Engelhard Steinway, (February 15, 1797 – February 7, 1871) was a German-American piano maker who made pianos in both Germany and the United States.wikipedia
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Steinway & Sons

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He was the founder of the piano company Steinway & Sons.
Steinway & Sons, also known as Steinway, is an American piano company, founded in 1853 in Manhattan by German piano builder Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later known as Henry E. Steinway).

Wolfshagen im Harz

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Steinway was born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg in Wolfshagen im Harz, Duchy of Brunswick in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (modern Germany).
* Henry E. Steinway, fought in the Battle of Waterloo and founded Steinway and Sons, a piano company

C.F. Theodore Steinway

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He emigrated from Braunschweig to New York City in 1850 with five of his sons, but before leaving he gave the company to his son, Christian Friedrich Theodor Steinweg.
He was the eldest son of the famous piano maker and piano company founder, Henry E. Steinway.

William Steinway

William Steinway, also known as Wilhelm Steinway (born Wilhelm Steinweg; March 5, 1835 – November 30, 1896), son of Steinway & Sons founder Henry E. Steinway, was a businessman and civic leader who was influential in the development of Astoria, New York City.

Seesen

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In 1836 he built his first grand piano in his kitchen in the town of Seesen.
In 1836 Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (later named Henry E. Steinway) built his first grand piano in his kitchen in Seesen; the instrument is today on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Piano

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Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, anglicized name Henry Engelhard Steinway, (February 15, 1797 – February 7, 1871) was a German-American piano maker who made pianos in both Germany and the United States.

Germany

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Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, anglicized name Henry Engelhard Steinway, (February 15, 1797 – February 7, 1871) was a German-American piano maker who made pianos in both Germany and the United States.

United States

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Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg, anglicized name Henry Engelhard Steinway, (February 15, 1797 – February 7, 1871) was a German-American piano maker who made pianos in both Germany and the United States.

Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg

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Steinway was born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg in Wolfshagen im Harz, Duchy of Brunswick in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (modern Germany).

Holy Roman Empire

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Steinway was born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg in Wolfshagen im Harz, Duchy of Brunswick in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (modern Germany).

Black Brunswickers

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In 1814, he joined the Schwarze Schar, the volunteer corps of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the war against Napoleon's occupation of parts of Germany but remained in the garrison throughout the Napoleonic War campaign of the Hundred Days in 1815.

Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

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In 1814, he joined the Schwarze Schar, the volunteer corps of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the war against Napoleon's occupation of parts of Germany but remained in the garrison throughout the Napoleonic War campaign of the Hundred Days in 1815.

Napoleon

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In 1814, he joined the Schwarze Schar, the volunteer corps of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the war against Napoleon's occupation of parts of Germany but remained in the garrison throughout the Napoleonic War campaign of the Hundred Days in 1815.

Napoleonic Wars

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In 1814, he joined the Schwarze Schar, the volunteer corps of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the war against Napoleon's occupation of parts of Germany but remained in the garrison throughout the Napoleonic War campaign of the Hundred Days in 1815.

Hundred Days

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In 1814, he joined the Schwarze Schar, the volunteer corps of Frederick William, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in the war against Napoleon's occupation of parts of Germany but remained in the garrison throughout the Napoleonic War campaign of the Hundred Days in 1815.

Organ (music)

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He left service on 23 June 1822 and began to work as a carpenter, and later he became an apprentice to an organ builder in the town of Goslar.

Goslar

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He left service on 23 June 1822 and began to work as a carpenter, and later he became an apprentice to an organ builder in the town of Goslar.

Braunschweig

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In Braunschweig, he started by building guitars and zithers, and then graduated to pianos, of small proportions initially and gradually increasing in size.

Guitar

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In Braunschweig, he started by building guitars and zithers, and then graduated to pianos, of small proportions initially and gradually increasing in size.

Zither

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In Braunschweig, he started by building guitars and zithers, and then graduated to pianos, of small proportions initially and gradually increasing in size.

Square piano

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In 1835 he made the first square piano, which he presented to his bride Juliane at their wedding.

German revolutions of 1848–1849

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Because of the unstable political climate following the revolutions of 1848 in the German states and the limited economic opportunities for a man working outside a guild, Steinweg decided to leave the country.

New York City

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He emigrated from Braunschweig to New York City in 1850 with five of his sons, but before leaving he gave the company to his son, Christian Friedrich Theodor Steinweg.

German name

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Later in New York, he anglicized his name to Henry E. Steinway upon advice from friends, who concluded that the German surname Steinweg would be disadvantageous for doing business.