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Inventors
Thomas H. Dodge
William Edenborn
Isaac Leonard Ellwood
Joseph F. Glidden
Jacob Haish
Phillip Moen
Ichabod Washburn
Barbed Wire Inventors:  Ichabod Washburn

1798
Ichabod Washburn and his twin brother, Charles, were born August 11, in Kingston, Massachusetts.

1798
Ichabod’s father died of yellow fever in October.

1807
At the age of nine, Ichabod was bound as an apprentice to a chaise and harness maker in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

1809
Ichabod returned home to work in a cotton factory where he operated a hand-loom.

1814
Washburn moved to Leicester, Massachusetts, to work as an apprentice for Jonathan and David Trask in a blacksmith shop.

1820
Ichabod went into business with William H. Howard manufacturing lead pipe.

1822
Washburn bought out Howard and took in Benjamin Goddard as his partner, creating the firm of Washburn and Goddard.

1830
Washburn developed a process to draw wire from steel rods. The process was crude and production could not exceed 50 pounds per day.

1832
Ichabod married Ann Brown of Worcester, Massachusetts.

1833
Washburn gradually refined the wire drawn process by developing the drawn block method and was able to produce 2,500 pounds of wire a day.

1835
The Washburn and Goddard partnership was sold January 30, and Washburn moved to Grove Mill, Massachusetts, where he established a new wire production facility.

1842
Ichabod and his brother Charles formed a partnership under the name of I. & C. Washburn.

1849
The I. & C. Washburn firm was dissolved.

1850
Washburn formed a new company with his son-in-law Phillip L. Moen who served as vice president.

1850-1868
The firm developed a process to manufacture crinoline wire and steel wire to make sewing machine needles.

1868
The Washburn & Moen Manufacturing Company was organized with Philip Moen becoming president and treasurer. The firm grew to be one of the largest wire producers in the United States.

1868
Ichabod Washburn died on December 30.


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