Hulbert Harrington Warner

Hulbert Harrington Warner (1842–1923) was a Rochester businessman who made his fortune from sales of patent medicine.

He founded Warner's Safe Remedies Company (also known as Warner's Safe Cure Company) and sold liver pills and other products. He built a mansion in Rochester and in 1882 built Warner Observatory for the use of the astronomer Lewis Swift. However, he lost his fortune in the Panic of 1893 and left Rochester and moved to Minnesota, to live out his life in obscurity.

At one point he offered a reward of $200 for each new comet discovered. This offer was of great help to the young astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard, who claimed eight such awards and used the proceeds to set himself and his new wife up in a newly built house in Nashville, Tennessee.

The bottles in which Warner's products were sold are now much sougth-after by collectors.

External links

* [http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us:2080/cgi-bin/cw_cgi?fullRecord+5966+716+1025+1+0 Short biography]
* [http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/rochimag/architecture/LostRochester/Warner/Warner.htm Warner Observatory]
* [http://www.antiquebottles.com/warners Warner bottles]


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