Isaac Merritt Singer and Paris Singer blue plaque in Torquay

Oldway Mansion built by Isaac Merritt Singer in 1874 and adapted to its present form by his son Paris Singer in 1904

Isaac Merritt Singer (October 27, 1811 – July 23, 1875) was an American inventor, actor, and entrepreneur. He made important improvements in the design of the sewing machine and was the founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. Many had patented sewing machines before Singer, but his success was based on the practicality of his machine, the ease with which it could be adapted to home use, and its availability on an installment payment basis. Singer fathered at least 24 children with various wives and mistresses.

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