1799 Samuel Slater Document Signed He Was Known as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution”
SAMUEL SLATER (1769-1835), English-American Industrialist Known as the “Father of the American Industrial Revolution” and “Father of the American Textile Factory System”.
December 9, 1799-Dated Federal Period, Manuscript Document Signed, “S Slater”, 7.25” x 11.75”, 1 page, with Integral Transmittal Cover, North Providence (RI), Very Fine. Light transmittal envelope folds, small hole at center where red wax seal was torn open not touching any written text. Being an accounting of an order placed by Almy & Brown, “Herewith Issued you by Thomas Bates 265 lbs Cotton yarn as under / Yours S Slater”. List of amounts of weight to total 265 lbs. At bottom Slater adds a note: “N.B. - A number of the work people here wish to have a little Rye sent for them - S S” (Samuel Slater).
Samuel Slater (June 9, 1768 – April 21, 1835) was an early English-American industrialist known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" (a phrase coined by Andrew Jackson) and the "Father of the American Factory System".
In the UK, he was called "Slater the Traitor" because he brought British textile technology to America, modifying it for United States use. He memorized the designs of textile factory machinery as an apprentice to a pioneer in the British industry before migrating to the United States at the age of 21.
He designed the first textile mills in the US and later went into business for himself, developing a family business with his sons. A wealthy man, he eventually owned thirteen spinning mills and had developed tenant farms and company towns around his textile mills, such as Slatersville, Rhode Island.