Samuel Colt

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Birthday
19, 1814
Birthplace
Hartford, CT
Death Date
Jan 10, 1862 (47)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
19, 1814
Birthplace
Hartford, CT
Death Date
Jan 10, 1862 (47)

About

Inventor of the Colt revolver, which is commonly known as The Gun that Won the West. He was able to produce his guns, which used interchangeable parts, on a large scale due to his ability to employ an assembly line.

Before Fame

At age eleven he was indentured to a Glastonbury farmer, where he did chores and attended school.

Trivia

His initial attempts 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.

Family Life

He married Elizabeth Hart Jarvis and he had a son named Cladwell Hart Colt.

Associated With

He and Samuel Morse were friends.