Isaac Merrit Singer

circa 1860: Isaac Merrit Singer (1811 - 1875). American inventor and entrepreneur. Patented sewing machine capable of continuous stitching, and patented 20 improvements to the sewing machine between 1851 and 1865. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

While his name is most strongly associated with the sewing machine, Isaac Singer's life is a tale far beyond the story of mechanized stitching. A philanderer and cut throat businessman, Singer managed to accrue huge sums of wealth in his later life.

Isaac Merrit Singer circa 1860 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Topics in this Podcast: inventors, sewing machines, biographies, 19th century