Edmund Cartwright

(1743—1823) Church of England clergyman and inventor of a power loom

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Inventor. A younger brother of John Cartwright, the parliamentary reformer, Edmund Cartwright was an Anglican clergyman. In 1785 he patented a loom driven by water, which he developed later in a factory near Doncaster. In 1789 he invented a wool‐combing machine, which saved labour and caused great agitation among the workers. Cartwright was obliged to abandon his own factory, but his inventions were widely adopted, and in 1809 he was awarded a grant of £10,000 by Parliament.

Subjects: British History.

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