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Chapman, John

A strange "early hippy" type who was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, in what is now the U.S.A.

He went under the name of Johnny Appleseed, and for 40 years he travelled through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, planting apple seeds in what he considered likely spots.

Chapman collected appleseeds from cider mills, dried them, put them in little bags, then pressed them on everyone he met who was heading west.

Trees, and apple varieties, planted by him can still be found, and certainly apples from trees descended from seeds Johnny Appleseed planted still go into apple pies and turnovers on American tables.

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