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June 9, 1768 – April 21, 1835
Industrialist from Belper, known variously as the "Father of the American Industrial Revolution", "Father of the American Factory System" and "Slater the Traitor"
'The first mill to use steam [in the USA] was erected by Mr. Slater and his assistants in 1827 at Providence, and it was run with anthracite coal from the Schuylkill, producing yarn No.80, the cloth of which was said to be the ﬁnest in the country. Slater’s successful use of Arkwright’s machines not only brought him and his associates great prosperity, but placed cotton manufacturing in the United States on a secure footing. By this time Slater had become interested in wool as well as cotton, and was the leading textile manufacturer of his era. The War of 1812 greatly increased his prosperity, as cotton cloth sold at forty cents a yard and the demand was unlimited.'
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