Samuel Slater

His impact on the Industrial Revolution

Samuel Slater

Samuel Slater was a British mechanic, who immigrated to United States after carefully memorizing textile design plans from Great Britain. He sent a letter to Moses Brown, Brown owned a textile business in New England. Samuel Slater said he could improve the way textiles were made in the US. Moses Brown had a worker of his test one of Slater's ideas, he passed. Browns son, Smith Brown, formed a partnership with Slater. Together they opened their first mill in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He started his own company and built another mill in 1798.


Samuel Slater's machines were easy to work so he hired unskilled people to work the machines. Slater hired families and turned jobs in the mill into easy tasks anyone can do. He supplied houses and a company store to everyone who worked there. How he people and families was soon called the Rohde Island System. Slater then went on and built a town, Slatersville, with his brother, John.