Hobbs, Alfred Charles

Hobbs, Alfred Charles

(1812–91) lock expert; born in Boston, Mass. He tried several trades before he turned to manufacturing locks. Famous for picking the locks of other companies to demonstrate their inadequacy, he formed Hobbs, Ashley & Company in London, England, and Hobbs, Hart & Company in the U.S.A.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.