About this Famous Person
American inventor, actor, and entrepreneur, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company
Source : Tim DOWLING
Isaac Merritt Singer was born in Pittstown, New York. He was the youngest child of Adam Singer (born Reisinger) and his first wife, Ruth (Benson). His father, a millwright, was German, immigrating to the United States in 1803, while his mother was from a family with roots in New England. They had eight children -- three sons and five daughters. The eldest daughter's name was Elizabeth Singer. When Isaac Singer was 10 years old, his parents divorced. After Adam Singer remarried and moved to Hannibal/Oswego County, Isaac Singer did not get on well with his stepmother. So when he was 12, he ran away. He later went to live with his elder brother in Manchester.
Singer's elder brother had a machine shop, and Isaac went to work there. It was there that Isaac grew to his full height of 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m), and where he first learned the machinist trade that would become the basis of his fame and fortune.
However, at this stage, Isaac did not realize this. He would look for fame and fortune in another profession: acting. He called himself the best Richard of his time, but a contemporary critic said that his performance was not very good.
Isaac was married for the first time in 1830, to Catharine Maria Haley. They seem to have lived first in Palmyra, New York with her parents for a time. By the summer of 1833, Singer was working in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York as a mechanic.