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Seth Boyden

  • Birth 17 Nov 1788 Foxboro, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Death 31 Mar 1870 Hilton, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
  • Burial Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
  • Memorial ID 6576748

Inventor. Born into one of New England's oldest families in Foxboro, Massachusetts, his prolific and versatile ingenuity belied his lack of formal education. He had patented his first invention, a nail-making machine, by age 21. Six years later he established a leather business in Newark, New Jersey, where in 1818 he discovered the process of making patent leather. On July 4, 1826, he celebrated the nation's 50th birthday by introducing one of his most significant inventions: malleable cast iron, which he had produced after 6 years of research. In addition to numerous other contributions, he also developed a hybrid strawberry called the "Hilton," named after the New Jersey town where he later resided. He died there in 1870 at the age of 83. His younger brother was inventor Uriah Boyden, a pioneer in the development of combustion engines.

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  • Originally Created by: Nikita Barlow
  • Added: 5 Jul 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6576748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Seth Boyden (17 Nov 1788–31 Mar 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6576748, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, Essex County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .