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James Henry Northrop

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James Henry Northrop (1856–1940)

1856 Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire on 8 May.

He worked in the textile industry, and emigrated to Boston, USA in 1881.

By 1898, working in Hopedale, Massachusetts, for George Draper and Sons, he had filed several hundred patents. He is best remembered for the Northrop Loom, a fully automatic power loom marketed by George Draper and Sons, Hopedale, Massachusetts from 1895, for which Northrop invented the shuttle-charging mechanism. Northrop Looms were later made in large numbers in the UK by the British Northrop Loom Co.

1940 Died in Santa Ana, California on 12 December, aged 84.

The above information is from the Wikipedia entries for the Northrop Loom and for James Henry Northrop.

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