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    Who was Benjamin Henry?

    Who was Benjamin Henry?  Historians and those knowledgeable of guns would be familiar with his name, but for most his significance is unknown.  Conversely, the name Winchester sparks immediate recognition.  Yet in one of history’s many ironies, it was Henry who was directly responsible for the Winchester rifle and Oliver Winchester’s place in American history. As a young man Henry worked as a gunsmith apprentice and rose to foreman of a small arms company in Vermont.  He worked with Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson who went on to form the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company. Oliver Winchester, a clothing manufacturer, was one of their main investors.  Winchester was able to take…