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"In 1856, because of the presidential election in which Buchanan was elected President of the United States, there was a great financial reaction, and in 1857, several mills were forced to close. This trying time negatively affected a great number of Canadian families who then had to leave Southbridge. Another fire occurred at the Hamilton factory and several families left the area to go live elsewhere, some even returned to the homeland."
History of the Franco-Americans of Southbridge, by Felix Gatineau, translated by Elizabeth Blood
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