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Wilson, Allen Benjamin 1827- 1888 (search)
Wilson, Allen Benjamin 1827-1888 Inventor; born in Willett, N. Y., Oct. 18, 1827; learned the cabinet-making trade. In 1849, while working at his trade in Pittsburg, Mass., he perfected the sewing-machine, afterwards known as the Wheeler & Wilson. He introduced the rotary hook, stationary bobbin, and the four-motion feeding-plate. In 1850 he met Nathaniel Wheeler, and with him and two others started the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company in Bridgeport, Conn. He died in Woodmont, Conn., April 29, 1888.