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Isaac Babbitt

Born 1799
Died 1862

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American inventor, born July 26, 1799, Taunton, Massachusetts; died May 26, 1862, Somerville, Massachusetts.

Biography of Isaac Babbitt

Isaac Babbitt was trained as a goldsmith. In 1824 he made the first britannia ware in the United States, and ten years later he went to Boston as superintendent of the South Boston Iron Company. There he made the first brass cannon in the United States, and in 1839 he produced the first babbitt metal, for use in steam engines. He then became a manufacturer of this alloy and of soap. The US Congress awarded him $20,000 for his invention.

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