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Several individuals have left money for water works in their wills.
|1653||Boston||MA||Robert Keaynes bequeathed £300 to the City of Boston for a Town
House and conduit. The conduit was built in 1659 but proved
unsatisfactory and was abandoned in 1671.
|1788||Boston||MA||Benjamin Franklin bequeathed £1,000 to
the City of Boston with the expectation that after one hundred years
it would be worth £131,000. Of that amount £100,000 was to be
used for public works including aqueducts.
|1788||Philadelphia||PA||Franklin bequeathed the same amount to Philadelphia with the same conditions, and recommended that water from Wissahickon Creek be brought into the town.|
|1864||New Bedford||MA||Sylvia Ann Howland left $100,000 for water works in New Bedford.|
|1869||Lynchburg||VA||Samuel Miller bequeathed to the city $20,000 on condition of its use in 10 years toward payment of the cost of "furnishing a supply of water to persons residing on the hill west of the city not now supplied with the James River water."|
|1881||Montpelier||VT||Daniel Baldwin left $2,000 to the
village of Montpelier for water works.
|1887||Detroit||MI||Water board president Chauncy Hurlbut left a large portion of his estate to the water board.|
|1921||Bristol||RI||Col. Samuel P. Colt left $100,000 in Bristol and Warren Water Works stock to the Town of Bristol. (Note: Unlike the other bequests this was not to build water works.)|
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