James Hargreaves

(1720—1778) inventor of the spinning jenny

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Inventor. Hargreaves was a largely self‐taught weaver from Lancashire, who invented the spinning jenny in 1764 and patented it in 1770. Kay's flying‐shuttle had greatly speeded up the process of weaving and Hargreaves's jenny, using several spindles at once, enabled spinning to keep up.

Subjects: British History.

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