Elias Howe Jr., was born in Spencer, Massachusetts back in 1819 to Elias Sr., and Polly. He apprenticed in a textile factory in Lowell before moving to Cambridge in 1837. There he found work as a mechanic with a carding company. The next year we worked for Ari Davis as a master mechanic specializing in the manufacture and repair of chronometers and other precision instruments.
He married Elizabeth Ames in 1841. In 1851, he received a patent that would make him a millionaire and I may add is still in use to this day. He won a gold medal at the Paris Exhibition of 1867 for his invention. He was awarded the Legion d’honneur by Napoleon III for his invention. Sadly, that same year he died of gout and a massive blood clot.
Now, you may be asking yourself what in the world did he invent? While he was not the first to conceive the idea, the refinements he made won him the first official patent for a sewing machine that used the lockstitch design. I’m sure you ladies who about that, as a man I’m clueless.
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