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Sir Richard Arkwright,
oil on canvas, by Mather Brown, 1790.
New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut.
23 December 1732|
Preston, Lancashire, England
|Died||3 August 1792
Cromford, Derbyshire, England
|Title||Sir Richard Arkwright|
|Spouse(s)||Patience Holt, Margaret Biggins|
|Children||Richard Arkwright junior, Susanna Arkwright|
Sir Richard Arkwright (3 January 1733 – 3 August 1792) was an Englishman who invented the spinning frame – later renamed the water frame following the transition to water power. A self-made man, he was a leading entrepreneur of the Industrial Revolution in England. Arkwright's achievement was to combine power, machinery, semi-skilled labour, and a new raw material (cotton) to create, more than a century before Henry Ford, mass production. His mechanical abilities and, above all, his genius for organisation made him more than anyone else, the creator of the modern factory system.
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