North, Simeon

North, Simeon

(1765–1852) engineer, manufacturer; born in Berlin, Conn. Between 1799–1813 he pioneered the manufacture of pistols with interchangeable parts, mostly under government contract. From 1828 to his death, he produced rifles.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.
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