Isaac Babbitt

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Isaac Babbitt was born in Taunton, Massachusetts back in 1799. I can’t find anything written about him prior to 1824. He was a goldsmith by trade, who also experimented with metal alloys. In 1834, he moved to Boston where he worked at the South Boston Iron Company.

While at the South Boston Iron Company he produced the first brass cannon in the United States. In 1839, he invented something else, more on that in a moment. For that invention, he received a gold medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. Later the United States Congress granted him $20,000.00 for his invention.

In 1844, and 1847, he patented this material in England and Russia. Now I hope you’re asking yourself what was it that he invented. Well Isaac invented the Babbitt metal a low-friction tin-based metal alloy that is still used extensively in engine bearings to this day. On another note, he was also engaged in the manufacture of soap. He died in 1862.

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Gotta wonder if the soap invention was the result of getting dirty working with the bearings..

Jan 11, 2019 03:27 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, James Dray another Bostonian who added to the value of many in the business of machinery.... Taunton is only a few towns away from us... 

Jan 11, 2019 03:33 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Would like to say I knew tis one but is was more a SWAG! (scientific wildass guess) Enjoy your day!

Jan 11, 2019 04:24 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The bearings always seem to last longer than the casing that holds them!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 11, 2019 04:42 AM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Issac was a man of many talents and inventions. Thank you for introducing us to him today!

Jan 11, 2019 04:54 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well he was sure ahead of his time. Oh yes you have been splached thanks to Kathy.


Jan 11, 2019 05:01 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I am not familiar with that metal at all, but it sounds like it is very useful indeed.

Jan 11, 2019 05:24 AM #7
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Great information about a man that is responsible for making our lives more productive, James.

Jan 11, 2019 05:40 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What a creative and estute inventor. The variety.....

Jan 11, 2019 05:58 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - working with all of that metal he need a good soap to wash his hands.

Jan 11, 2019 08:55 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a grand story you shared with many wonderful people that you are bringing out of obscurity with your posts.  Thank you.  A

Jan 11, 2019 09:38 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI James- I suppose when we look around at all that is around is, we would need to thank someone like this gentleman or gentlewoman for their contribution. 

Jan 11, 2019 11:01 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

$20,000 in those day was a lot of money so the invention had value in its day.

Jan 11, 2019 12:02 PM #13
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

Brass cannon! Wow, now that is something that was "revolutionary".

Jan 12, 2019 09:38 AM #14
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