John W. Gill


JOHN W. GILL, oldest son of Joseph Gill, started and operated the first silk factory in the United States where figured silk, ribbons, velvet and hat plush were made. Later he moved his factory to Wheeling, W. Va., where he was recognized as a man of business training and large means, which enabled him to take a prominent part in promoting many large manufacturing enterprises, and also banking institutions. He died in Springfield, Ill., in 1873.

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