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Isaac Singer
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Isaac Merrit Singer

(1811-10-27)October 27, 1811
Died July 23, 1875(1875-07-23) (aged 63)
Paignton, Devon, UK
Nationality United States
Net worth USD $13 million at the time of his death (approximately 1/709th of US GNP)
Engineering career
Institutions Singer Sewing Machine Company
Significant advance Sewing machine

Isaac Merritt Singer (October 27, 1811 – July 23, 1875) was an American inventor, actor, and businessman. He made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis.

Singer had at least 24 children.

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