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.
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.