Elias Howe


Birthday July 9, 1819

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace Spencer, MA

DEATH DATE Oct 3, 1867 (48)

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Perfected the sewing machine that was then popularized by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Before Fame

He worked as an apprentice in both a textile and mechanic factory.


He also patented the first zipper, but never tried to market it.

Family Life

He married Elizabeth Jennings Ames in March 1841.

Associated With

He received a dedication from Paul McCartney and The Beatles in their movie Help! in the closing credits.