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Elias Howe: Inventer Of The Sewing Machine

Howe Suffers Poor Health & Moves in with Father

Elias Howe Jr., most often credited with inventing the first practical sewing machine, was born in Spencer, MA, 1819. Permanently lamed with a hereditary condition that handicapped him throughout his short life, he worked as best he could on his father's farm and attended school until age 16, when he apprenticed at a local textile mill. Two years later, when The Panic of 1837 hit, he lost his position and moved to nearby Lowell, where he apprenticed himself to machine shop owner Ari Davis.

Townspeople regarded Ari Davis as something of an ecc