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Hanks Bells

Hanks Bells Foundry
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Hanks Foundry, which was the first established foundry in America, was established by Benjamin Hanks in the 1700’s. The Hanks ancestry includes Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln. One of the descendants, George L. Hanks established his foundry in Cincinnati around 1830. George L. Hanks produced some of America’s greatest bells before his sudden death in 1859. After his death, the foundry was sold to Vanduzen and Tift. Andrew Meneely apprenticed with George’s uncle, Benjamin Hanks, before establishing the Meneely Bell Foundry. This page shows some of our Hank’s Bells.

Contact Lower Bells lowerbells@gmail.com or call us at 865-816-4700 or 865-816-4797 

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