Singer, Isaac Merritt
1811 - Isaac Merritt Singer, born on the 26th of October in Pittstown, New York. He was an American inventor, actor, and entrepreneur.
1830 - Married Catherine Maria Haley.
1835 - He moved with Catherine and their son William to New York City, working in a press shop.
1836 - Left the city as an advance agent for a company of players, touring through Baltimore, where he met Mary Ann Sponsler, to whom he proposed marriage.
1837 - He returned to New York, where he and Catherine conceived a daughter, Lillian.
1839 - Obtained his first patent, for a machine to drill rock, selling it for $2,000.
1844 - Took a job in a print shop in Fredericksburg, Ohio.
1846 - Moved quickly on to Pittsburgh to set up a woodshop for making wood type and signage.
1849 - He developed and patented a "machine for carving wood and metal" on April.
1850 - Went to Boston to set the machine up at the shop of Orson C. Phelps, where Lerow and Blodgett sewing machines were being constructed.
1851 - He received a patent in relation to improvements on the sewing machine on August.
1856 - Manufacturers Grover, Baker, Singer, Wheeler, and Wilson, all accusing the others of patent infringement, met in Albany, New York to pursue their suits.
1860 - He divorced Catherine, on the basis of her adultery with Stephen Kent.
1863 - I. M. Singer & Co. was dissolved by mutual consent, with the business continued by "The Singer Manufacturing Company," enabling the reorganization of financial and management responsibilities.
1875 - Died on the 23rd of July.
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