Moses Quinby was one of the first commercial beekeeper
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s in the United States
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, a native of St. Johnsville, New York
St. Johnsville, New York
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Quinby established his business in his early 20s and expanded it to own about 1,200 hives in the Mohawk Valley
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, New York
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Among his innovations in beekeeping
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, he is credited with the invention of the modern bee smoker
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with bellows. He is also the author of the book "Mysteries of Bee-Keeping Explained" (1853).
- The house of Moses Quinby
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