Erastus Brigham.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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

Now there's an invention you don't often consider !

Mar 04, 2019 02:48 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that was sure a contribution that you don't hear much about.

Mar 04, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is an incredible story. Go figure.....I wouldn't have.

Mar 04, 2019 04:44 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  I'm kind of glad he didn't become a physician.  We could have never been introduced to his inventions.

Mar 04, 2019 04:54 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he was brilliant from a young age and did quite a bit for the world around him.

Mar 04, 2019 06:01 AM #5
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Clever and talented people are not always college educated. I find it really interesting that such a person incorporated MIT!

Mar 04, 2019 06:08 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Never had a pair of suspenders, guess I will have to buy a pair.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 04, 2019 06:11 AM #7
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite the self taught person and you have to love the people's names in these older stories.

Mar 04, 2019 08:59 AM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Erastus certainly accomplished a lot in his life. This was all news to me!


Mar 04, 2019 11:35 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it proves that you do not necessarily need a formal education to accomplish something. 

Mar 04, 2019 12:10 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great invention, and weaving is deifintely an art form.  Thank you for keeping us enlightened.  A

Mar 04, 2019 01:17 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Erastus invention of the weaving machine saved many people a precious commodity: time. Not everyone needs to go to school to be a success.

Mar 04, 2019 01:21 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I had no idea who invented the weaving machine until now. Thank you James Dray 

Mar 04, 2019 04:31 PM #13
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

He was the son of a carpet weaver, apparently not a good one either as his business began to fail.

Interesting, yet Bigelow Carpet Mill in Clinton MA is world famous James Dray 

Mar 04, 2019 05:15 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I had no idea James that he was one of the Founding members of MIT, can not tell you how many times I drove by the school:)Endre

Mar 04, 2019 09:12 PM #15
faye schubert
Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

It reinforces to me that EVERYONE has gifts and they just have to find what they are.

Mar 05, 2019 04:47 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - quite the entrepreneur!

Mar 05, 2019 12:23 PM #17
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