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MOODY, Paul, mechanic, born in Byfield, Massachusetts, 23 May, 1779; died in Lowell, Massachusetts, 7 July, 1831. . He received a common-school education, and then worked in a woollen-factory in his native town. Subsequently he attracted the attention of the inventor Jacob Perkins, who placed him in charge of his machine-shop. About 1813 he was called to the management of the mechanical part of the Waltham cotton-factory, and later, when similar works were established in Lowell, he transferred his services to that city. Among his inventions are a dead spindle attd a governor.
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