Inventor of the Colt revolver, which is commonly known as The Gun that Won the West.
At age eleven he was indentured to a Glastonbury farmer, where he did chores and attended school.
His initial ventured into producing firearms were failures but his business expanded rapidly after 1847, when the Texas Rangers ordered 1,000 revolvers during the American war with Mexico.
He got married to Elizabeth Hart Jarvis and had their son Cladwell Hart Colt together.
He and Samuel Morse were friends.
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