Charles Billings

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Billings was born in Weathersfield, Vermont back in 1834 to Ethan and Clarissa. He apprenticed at Robbins and Lawrence as a machinist. In 1856 when he was 21 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut to work for the Colt Armory as a die sinker and tool maker. While there he became their expert on the drop forging process.

In 1862, he joined the E. Remington & Sons, helping build their forging plant, thereby increasing its efficiency many times. At the end of the American Civil War he returned to Hartford as the superintendent of the Weed Sewing Machine Company.

By 1868, you could find him at the Roper Repeating Arms Company in Amherst, Massachusetts. When the company failed in 1869 he helped in founding the Billings & Spencer Company where they manufactured sewing machines, drop-forged hand tools and machine tools. He perfected a drop hammer for metal forging. In 1870, he designed the copper commutator which was central to the operation of electrical generators and motors.

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Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well you have to say he did not give up on inventing new items.

Mar 05, 2019 03:34 AM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a great story of Charles Billings and his many inventions - thanks for sharing

Mar 05, 2019 03:53 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've heard of him, James, but was not sure from where.  Thanks to you, it's all clear now.

Mar 05, 2019 04:18 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A well-rounded career.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 05, 2019 04:25 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A different type of person here. Have a wonderful day.

Mar 05, 2019 04:32 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Nothing stopped Charles' ingenuity! He kept moving on. Enjoy your day!

Mar 05, 2019 04:49 AM #7
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I think I've actually read about Billings .

Mar 05, 2019 04:56 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This was a man who always wanted to stay busy and acomplish a lot.

Mar 05, 2019 05:14 AM #9
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 ,

Another historical moment learning about an inventer who made life so much easier for all of us. Thank you for telling us about Charles Billings ingenuity and all he accomplished!

Mar 05, 2019 05:16 AM #10
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Sounds like somethings that the trades could not live without !

Mar 05, 2019 05:37 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I guess when you work with something long enough you are able to create while you produce. It looks like Charles Billings had lots of time to think and create James Dray 

Mar 05, 2019 05:53 AM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he was quite the inventor and those that love to sew likely appreciate his efforts.

Mar 05, 2019 06:17 AM #13
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning James -he certainly made a great contribution to tool making.

Mar 05, 2019 06:50 AM #14
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James,  Another grerat history lesson to learn aboutagain from you.  Thanks!


Mar 05, 2019 09:28 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- when I read of people like Charles Billings, I always feel as if I've totally underachieved. 

Mar 05, 2019 10:58 AM #16
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - his role in the Industrial Revolution is not unnoticed. 

Mar 05, 2019 12:27 PM #17
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James, what an interesting post on Charles Billings.  I had no idea or knew of his inventions.  A

Mar 05, 2019 12:44 PM #18
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Sounds like he took from what he learned while working at Remington and applied to to the sewing industry to serve the public good.

Mar 05, 2019 01:41 PM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Charles was a busy man James Dray .  We are lucky we had people like him to help with our industrial revolution.

Mar 05, 2019 02:40 PM #20
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Drop forging was discovered probably 600 years earlier. It did not get perfected until the steam engine in 18th century.

In this case he perfected a drop hammer used for centuries on sword to rifles.

Apr 03, 2019 09:46 AM #21
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