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Isaac Merritt Singer
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1811
Pittstown
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1875
Plumstead, England

Isaac Singer was the inventor of the Singer Sewing Machine and Founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, not the first sewing machine invented, but the best known and most innovative. Actually his first invention and patent was in 1839, of a machine that drilled through rock. And inventing wasn't his primary career, he was an Actor, and formed a troupe as the "Merritt Players." They would go on tour. His stage name was Isaac Merritt. He held various jobs, working in a Press Shop in New York City in 1835, and in a Print Shop in Fredericksburg, Ohio, in 1844, then a Woodshop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1846. By 1860 he had fathered and reconized 18 children by four different women. His first wife was Catharine Maria Haley who he married at the age of 19, when she was only 15. They had two children together, a son, William Singer, and a daughter, Lillian. And a longtime girlfriend/commonlaw wife, Mary Ann Sponsler, they had a son together, Isaac Singer Jr. Isaac, known for his many affairs, and bigomy, and domestic violence, abusive towards some of his women and children, then started courting Mary McGonigal, who eventually had five children by him. In 1860 he bought a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City, becoming a successful businessman and financially wealthy. I.M. Singer and Company expanded into the European Market, establishing a factory in Clydebank, Scotland, near Glasgow. His company becoming the first American-based multinational corporation, with agencies in Paris and Rio De Janeiro. After Mary Ann Sponsler had him arrested for domestic violence, he bonded out, and being disgraced, fled for London, England. He had another Lady Friend in Paris, France, where he resided for awhile, Isabella Eugenie Sommerville, they married on June 13th, 1863. Also in 1863 he became less involved in the Company he founded, but served as a member on the Board of Trustees and was a major stockholder. He built a large house, called the Oldway Mansion, on the Devon Coast, where he spent his last days. He died at the age of 63, of an infection of the heart and inflammation of the windpipe. He left an estate of 13-14 million, and two wills, divided up between his family members. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Catharine Marie Haley Singer (1815 - 1884)*
 
 Children:
  William Adam Singer (1834 - 1914)*
  Isaac Augustus Singer (1837 - 1902)*
  Lillian C. Singer (1841 - 1912)*
  Mary Olivia Singer Whitlock (1848 - 1900)*
  Alice Eastwood Merritt LaGrove (1852 - 1890)*
  Washington Grant Singer (1866 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Torquay Crematorium
Torquay
Torbay Unitary Authority
Devon, England
 
Created by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita,...
Record added: Feb 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33598167
Isaac Merritt Singer
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Isaac Merritt Singer
Added by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
 
Isaac Merritt Singer
Added by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita, Kansas
 
 
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I work as a cashier at Walmart and I sold a Singer sewing machine to a customer and we both praised the quality of the machine!
- Bridget Hainline
 Added: Jul. 25, 2014
LOVE Singer sewing machines!The older ones were so ornate & beautiful. Quality too! - Thanks, Mr. Singer!
- Linda
 Added: Jul. 19, 2014
rest in peace
- Patricia Corbett
 Added: Jan. 23, 2014
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