Isaac Singer

1811 - 1875

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Isaac Merritt Singer (October 27, 1811 – July 23, 1875) was an American inventor, actor, and businessman. He made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of what became one of the first American multi-national businesses, the Singer Sewing Machine Company.Many others, including Walter Hunt and Elias Howe, had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use and its availability on an installments payment basis.Singer died in 1875, a millionaire dividing his $13 million fortune unequally among 20 of his living children by his wives and various mistresses, although one son, who had supported his mother in her divorce case against Singer, received only $500. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Isaac Singer has received more than 557,223 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Isaac Singer is the 42nd most popular inventor (up from 52nd in 2019), the 357th most popular biography from United States (up from 470th in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Inventor.

Isaac Singer is most famous for his short stories. His best known work is "Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy" which is a story about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to go to a Jewish school that would not allow girls.

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Among inventors, Isaac Singer ranks 42 out of 355Before him are John Herschel, Ernő Rubik, Herman Hollerith, Igor Sikorsky, Ismail al-Jazari, and Abbas ibn Firnas. After him are László Bíró, Elon Musk, Richard Trevithick, Charles Goodyear, Willis Carrier, and Wilhelm Maybach.

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Among people born in 1811, Isaac Singer ranks 5Before him are Franz Liszt, Napoleon II, Évariste Galois, and Théophile Gautier. After him are Urbain Le Verrier, William Makepeace Thackeray, Maximilian II of Bavaria, Robert Bunsen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louis Blanc, and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. Among people deceased in 1875, Isaac Singer ranks 7Before him are Hans Christian Andersen, Georges Bizet, Jean-François Millet, Ferdinand I of Austria, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Andrew Johnson. After him are Tongzhi Emperor, Charles Lyell, Éliphas Lévi, John Edward Gray, Heinrich Louis d'Arrest, and Moses Hess.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Isaac Singer ranks 357 out of 15,968Before him are Joe Dassin (1938), Marvin Gaye (1939), Anthony Perkins (1932), Henry Clay (1777), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), and Ted Kaczynski (1942). After him are P. T. Barnum (1810), John Quincy Adams (1767), Robert Johnson (1911), Claude Shannon (1916), Jim Mattis (1950), and Zodiac Killer (1940).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Isaac Singer ranks 10Before him are Samuel Colt (1814), George Westinghouse (1846), Robert Fulton (1765), Jimmy Wales (1966), William G. Morgan (1870), and Herman Hollerith (1860). After him are Charles Goodyear (1800), Willis Carrier (1876), Douglas Engelbart (1925), Steve Wozniak (1950), Josephine Cochrane (1839), and Les Paul (1915).