Root, Elisha King

Root, Elisha King

(1808–65) inventor, engineer, manufacturer; born in Ludlow, Mass. In 1849 he became superintendent of the Colt Firearms Company, eventually becoming president. He remained there until his death. Root invented a drop hammer in 1853, which was soon used in every forge. He also invented a revolving cylinder firearm and developed numerous machines for tooling firearms.
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