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William A. Wheeler

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c.1840 William A. Wheeler lathe. Photo from American Machinist, Vol 37, No. 9, 1912, via Hathi Trust

of Worcester, Mass., USA

1823 W. A. Wheeler established a foundry.

Said to be the first to make machine tools in Worcester. By 1840 he employed 10 men making wooden-bed lathes with chain driven carriages.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] American Machinist, Vol 37, No. 9, 1912, p.358