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  • In 1846, Elias Howe got a patent for the two-thread lock stitch, which was such an improvement to sewing machines that he could charge a license fee of almost half the sales price of the machine.

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  • Elias Howe (inventor of the sewing machine) patented an "automatic, continuous clothing closure" in 1851, and Whitcomb Judson and Lewis Walker marketed the "Clasp Locker" in 1893, which was presented but largely ignored at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair:

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  • If I would go to school tomorrow and ask your children they would say, “Elias Howe.”

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  • Elias Howe actually wakes up, comes up with the sewing machine.

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  • Difference of opinion there may be as to the abstract question, who first conceived the principle involved in sewing by machinery, or in respect to who first constructed a machine that would fulfill that idea; but so far as great results are concerned the world must be considered as indebted to Elias Howe, Jr., a New England mechanic, born and reared in obscurity, and at an early age thrown upon his own resources.

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  • Great, indeed, is a world's benefactor; such is Elias Howe.

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  • The Howe Machine Company exhibited a model of the first machine made by Elias Howe, and also one of the most recent Howe machines.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 598, June 18, 1887

  • T.ere are two large parks, Beardsley, in the extreme north part of the city, and Seaside, west of the harbour entrance and along the Sound; in the latter are statues of Elias Howe, who built a large sewing-machine factory here in 1863, and of P.T. Barnum, the showman, who lived in Bridgeport after 1846 and did much for the city, especially for

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  • Elias Howe, the inventor of the sewing-machine, who was serving as a private in the ranks, stepped forward, pulled out his cheque-book, and wrote on the spot a cheque for 20,000 pounds, which he handed to his colonel for the use of his comrades.

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  • Elias Howe, born in Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1819, as the son of a poor miller, and was put to work at the age of six to contribute his mite to the support of the family.

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