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The History Of The Singer Sewing Machine & Isaac Merritt Singer - The Scoundrel

Singer's Wives

At the beginning of 1860 (the American Civil War broke out in April, 1861), Isaac Merritt Singer maintained five separate households, including in each, a wife with assorted children--assorted because Singer had, by this time, sired in the neighborhood of 18 offspring. No one's sure of the exact number.

Although Singer remained legally married to Catherine Singer for over 30 years, the woman known to Isaac's friends, business associates, and employees as Mrs. I.M. Singer was, in fact, (Mary) Ann Sponsler. His other three wives included Mary Walters Merritt, Mary McGonigal Mathews,