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|Birthdate||November 09, 1731|
|Death Date||October 09, 1806|
|Sex & Identity|
African American scientist who authored a series of almanacs and was known for his knowledge of astronomy.
He grew up on his family's farm, and studied independently while he worked on the farm.
He was a member of the team that surveyed the original border of the District of Columbia.
He never married and lived on his family farm for most of his life.
He was a contemporary of Thomas Jefferson, with whom he corresponded on the issues of slavery and racial equality.