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Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger Biography

Entrepreneur


ABOUT
Dutch Guyana-born shoemaker who invented a machine that allowed for the production of up to 700 pairs of shoes per day.
BEFORE FAME
He was a sailor during his teenage years, and he later moved to the United States where he worked at the Harney Brothers Shoes Factory.

FAMILY LIFE
He was the Dutch-Surinamese son of an engineer and a slave.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He and street lamp creator Charles Brush were both important 19th-century inventors.
TRIVIA
He suffered from tuberculosis and died in Massachusetts at the age of 37.

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