Cort was born at Lancaster, son of a mason. His interest in the production of iron developed after the Russians had raised their prices. By 1784 he was able to patent an invention for ‘puddling’ iron to make it malleable. With Adam Jellicoe he entered into large naval contracts, but Jellicoe's death in 1789 revealed fraud, which brought Cort down. During the last years of his life, he existed on a small pension.
Subjects: British History.