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Samuel Colt, 1814-1862

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1814
Place of Birth: Hartford, CT
Date of Death: 1862
Place of Death:

Life:

While a sailor, Samuel Colt conceived his first idea of "Colt's revolver." By 1835 he had obtained a patent for this weapon, both in America and in England. A new plant was created in 1852 upon a tract of 250 acres in Hartford, and in 1855 the Colt Patent Fire Arms company was organized to carry on the very successful business.

Bibliography:

Johnson, Rossiter (ed.), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, 10 vols., Boston, 1904, vol. 2, p. 327; Who Was Who in America, Chicago, 1963, p. 116.