Biography of William Coupe
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Coupe, William, was born in Pendleton, Lancashire county, England, March 23, 1834, and came to the United States in 1849 with his brother, Joseph J. F. Coupe. He learned the tanner's and currier's trade in South Coventry, Conn., and in 1865 established himself in business at his present location. Starting in a small way, the plant now covers one and one half acres and employs fifty hands, making a specialty of patent excelsior raw hide, belting lace and all kinds of strapping for cotton, woolen and silk mills; also ihe Coupe celebrated lace and green hide leather, all of which are made under the patent taken out by William Coupe. In 1854 Mr. Coupe enlisted in the regular army of the United States, and in 1861 re enlisted in Co. E, 1st R. I., taking part in the first battle of Bull Run, where he was wounded. When his term expired he re enlisted in the 1st Mass. Cavalry, being made orderly sergeant of Co. D, and afterward promoted to second lieutenant of Co. A, and was taken prisoner at the mouth of Monocacy River, being liberated on parole. He came home and assisted in organizing the North Providence Cavalry, holding the position of captain.

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