Erastus Brigham was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts back in 1814. He was the son of a carpet weaver, apparently not a good one either as his business began to fail. His parents wanted him to become a physician however due to his limited income he was not able to go to college.
At the young age of 14 he invented a machine that would manufacture piping cord. By the age of 18 he had invented a handloom for suspender webbing. In 1862, he formulated a scheme of uniform taxation for the United States by means of stamps. He also wrote and published The Tariff Question. He founded the Bigelow Mechanics Institute in 1846, the name was changed to the Bigelow Free Public Library located in Clinton, Massachusetts. On a side note he was the original incorporator of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, founded in 1861.
What you may not know about Erastus Brigham Bigelow is that he is most famous for and that is the invention of the weaving machine.
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