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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