Bigelow, Erastus Brigham
Born: Apr 02, 1814 AD
Died: 1879 AD, at 65 years of age.
1814 - Born on the 2nd of April in West Boylston, Massachusetts. American industrialist, noted as the developer of the power carpet loom and as a founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
1824 - From age 10, Bigelow was obliged to work and to forgo a formal education.
1837 - At the age of 23 he invented his first loom for lace manufacture.
- Bigelow followed this with other power looms for weaving a variety of figured fabrics, tapestry carpeting, and ingrain carpeting.
1843 - He and his brother Horatio established a gingham mill, around which the town of Clinton, Massachusetts, grew.
1844 - He founded the Bigelow carpet mills in Massachusetts.
1845-1851 - He developed his greatest invention, a power loom for the manufacture of Brussels and Wilton carpets.
- His inventions provided a large impetus to carpet manufacture in Europe as well as in the United States.
1861 - He was a leading member of a committee appointed to implement proposals that led to the establishment of MIT.
1862-1877 - In two authoritative works on economics, Bigelow defended protective tariffs.
1879 - He died on the 6th of November in Boston, Massachusetts.
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