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DANFORTH, Charles, inventor, born in Massachusetts about 1797; died in Paterson, New Jersey, 22 March 1876. He was educated and spent his early life in New England, where he invented in 1824 a counter-twister, spinning-speeder, and a throstle-frame. These inventions he successfully introduced, both in the United States and in England. Later he settled in Ramapo, New York, and there in-vented his cap spinning frame, and also a bobbin and flyer. About 1830 he removed to Paterson, New Jersey, where he induced the firm of Godwin, Rogers & Co. to manufacture his spinners, and this led to a large business, which in time embraced other forms of machinery. Mr. Danforth acquired an interest in the firm, which became Charles Dan-forth & Co., and later a stock company with the title of the Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company, of which he was president. He amassed a large fortune, and at the tithe of his death was considered more familiar with the details of cotton-spinning and manufacturing machinery for that purpose than any other person in the United States.
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