5 wills of famous Americans — from J.P. Morgan to Eli Whitney


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The history books tell the stories of those who had a hand in the making of America, but hundreds of years later, we can look at the final intentions of famous Americans — many written in their own hand — through a simple click of the mouse.

Thanks to a 2-plus year undertaking by Ancestry.com, the wills of more than 100 million Americans, spanning a period from 1668 to 2005, have been posted online.

Read on for a few tidbits from the last will and testament of 5 prominent historical figures, from Paul Revere to Harriet Beecher Stowe.