Samuel Slater was born June 9, 1768 in Belper, Derbyshire, England
At age ten he began work at the cotton mill opened that year by Jedediah Strutt utilising the water frame pioneered by Richard Arkwright at nearby Cromford Mill.
Rhode Island System
Slater drew on his British village experience to create a factory system called the Rhode Island System based upon the customary patterns of family life in New England villages. Children aged 7 to 12 were the first employees of the mill.
In 1793 Slater and Brown opened their first factory in Pawtucket.
His wifes success
Samuel's wife, Hannah Slater, also invented a type of cotton sewing thread, becoming in 1793 the first American woman to be granted a patent.
By the 1800s the Slater mill was duplicated but they just were not the same. Slater created a big invention in the history of the United States.
Why he is famous
Known as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution" because he brought British textile technology to America.
Slater died on April 21, 1835 in Webster, Massachusetts a town that he founded and had become a town three years earlier in 1832 and was named after his friend Senator Daniel Webster. At the time of his death, he owned thirteen mills and was worth a million dollars. His original mill, known today as Slater Mill, still stands and operates as a museum dedicated to preserving the history of Samuel Slater and his contribution to American industry.
Samuel Slater has made things easier and has changed america in many ways. Now industrialization is easier and faster than it was.