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Elias Howe

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Elias Howe

Inventor, Lockstitch Sewing Machine


Who was Elias Howe?

Elias Howe was an American inventor. Although often credited with being the first to invent the sewing machine, this is not accurate. However, Howe did invent the first lockstitch sewing machine which is the first to have a needle with the eye at the point. Other features his design introduced include a shuttle operating beneath the cloth to form the lock stitch and an automatic feed.

Unfortunately, Elias Howe was unable to successfully manufacture and sell his sewing machine. He did eventually cash in on his invention after he found others had copied his design. Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company was one such culprit. Elias Howe defended the patent on his design and eventually prevailed and received significant royalties from Singer and others.

Famous Kin

Elias Howe’s family tree contains a few fellow inventors including Leatherman multi-tool inventor Timothy Leatherman, morse code inventor Samuel F. B. Morse, cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, physicist and inventor Sir Benjamin Thompson (aka Count Rumford), air conditioning inventor Willis Carrier, and liquid propelled rocket inventor Robert H. Goddard. A few former U.S. Presidents with kinship to Elias Howe include John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Franklin Pierce, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and both Presidents Bush.

Elias Howe has family connections to a number of celebrities including Walt Disney, actor Henry Fonda, actress Lucille Ball, actor Ben Affleck, TV’s Bill Nye the Science Guy, actress Raquel Welch, NBA All-Star Kevin Love, WWE wrestler and movie actor John Cena, Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton, and actor Mark Wahlberg. Other notable kinships to Elias Howe include Boston Tea Party participant Samuel Howard, Mormon church president Brigham Young, women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony, poet Emily Dickinson, and folk legend Johnny Appleseed (aka John Chapman).


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Elias Howe

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

6th cousin 4 times removed
via John Bemis

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John Forbes Nash, Jr.

“A Beautiful Mind” Mathematician

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Edward Rice

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Melville Fuller

8th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Bass

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Samuel Cony

31st Governor of Maine

6th cousin
via Samuel Bass

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David Ogden Stiers

Broadway, TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Samuel Bass

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Charles Edward Merrill

Co-Founder of Merrill Lynch & Company

6th cousin 2 times removed
via John Stone

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

6th cousin 3 times removed
via John Stone

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Brooke Adams

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 4 times removed
via John Parmenter

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Brooke Adams

TV and Movie Actress

5th cousin 3 times removed
via Nathaniel Richardson

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Billie Eilish

Singer and Songwriter

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Samuel Bass

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John Torrey

Co-founder, NY Academy of Science

5th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Bass

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Francis H. Underwood

Founder of the Atlantic Monthly

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Bass

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Judith Hoag

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 4 times removed
via Edmund Rice

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Elmer Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Bass

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Bert Underwood

Pioneers, Stereoscopic and News Photography

6th cousin 1 time removed
via Samuel Bass

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Margaret Mead

Cultural Anthropologist

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Simon Stone

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Clara Barton

Founder of the American Red Cross

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Rice

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Liv Tyler

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 5 times removed
via Rice

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Brigham Young

2nd President of the Mormon Church

8th cousin
via Rice

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Steve Young

NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback

8th cousin 5 times removed
via Rice

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Joy Morton

Founder of Morton Salt Company

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Rice

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Julius Sterling Morton

Founder of Arbor Day

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Rice

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John Davis

14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Rice

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James Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 4 times removed
via William Ward

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Josh Brolin

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 5 times removed
via William Ward

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