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Points for both sides in who-built-it debate

Government had role at firms that Brown visited

Hank Miller’s grandfather started the family’s ship outfitting business more than a century ago at the Boston Seaport. Harry Miller Co., now a textile firm based in Roxbury, employs 70 people whose livelihood can be traced to that man, and the risks he took long ago.

But in recent years, the company has also thrived with the help of government military contracts and financing for its factory.

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