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Elias Howe was born in Spencer, Massachusetts on July 9, 1819. When he was small, he worked on his father's farm and gristmill. Then, at the age of 16, he went to Lowell, where he worked in a factory that made cotton-weaving machinery. He later moved to Cambridge and got married in 1841. Around the same time, he heard that there was a need for a sewing machine. He became fascinated in the idea and worked on making one. He left his job to work on his invention and was finally successful in 1845. He was granted a patent for his invention in 1846. The people in the US didn't like it because they feared it might displace the people employed in hand sewing. However, when Howe went to the US later on, he found that sewing machines were being manufactured and sold in flagrant violation of his patent. Finally, after much dispute, his rights were established in 1854. From then on he received royalties on all sewing machines produced in the country. On October 3, 1867, Howe died in Brooklyn, New York.

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