SAMUEL COLT Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Name: Samuel Colt                                                                       
Born: July 19, 1814                                                                     
Died: January 10, 1862                                                                   
Samuel Colt (born Hartford, Connecticut July 19, 1814 - died Hartford,                   
Connecticut January 10, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist. He was         
the founder of the Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now known as           
Colt's Manufacturing Company), and is widely credited with popularizing the             
revolver gun. Colt's innovative contributions to industry have been described by         
arms historian James E. Serven as "events which shaped the destiny of American           
Samuel Colt's father, Christopher Colt, was a farmer in Connecticut, who moved           
his family to Hartford when he traded professions and got into business. Colt’s       
mother, Sarah Caldwell, died when Colt was almost two. He was one of seven               
siblings, 4 boys and three girls. Two of his sisters died in childhood and the           
other committed suicide later in life, but his brothers would be a significant           
part of his professional life. His father remarried when Colt was four and from         
then on Samuel was raised by his stepmother Olive Sargeant.