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Eli Terry - Background, Career, Heritage

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Inventor and clock manufacturer, born in East Windsor, Connecticut, USA. After an apprenticeship (1786–92), he made his first clocks by hand, and turned to using water power to drive his tools (1800) when he established the USA's first clock factory in Plymouth, CT. In 1807 he formed a partnership with Seth Thomas, and their factory eventually produced 10 000–12 000 clocks per year. Terry himself patented 10 improvements in clockworks, and introduced several popular innovations in clock design.

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