Samuel Slater



Samuel Slater has been called the "father of the American factory system." He was born in Derbyshire, England on June 9, 1768. The son of a yeoman farmer, Slater went to work at an early age as an apprentice for the owner of a cotton mill. Eventually rising to the position of superintendent, he became intimately familiar with the mill machines designed by Richard Arkwright, a genius whose other advances included using water power to drive his machines and dividing labor among groups of workers. -PBS, Who made America?


Born: Jun 09, 1768 · Belper, United Kingdom, Died: Apr 21, 1835 · Webster, Massachusetts. He had an apprenticeship in the textile trade, he brought many new skills into the world and basically built the textile industry. He was in love with business, he studied it and obviously flourished in it. His hobbies included studying business, spending time with his children, and inventing things.

Why was he important?

Samuel Slater is known as the father of the American Industrial Revolution. Slater helped to build the first successful water-powered textile mill in America.

American leaders in this time

George Washington was the main leader of this time.

Impacts on different ethnic groups

It was a very positive impact on all groups, but it was really good for any slave, because they gave them a choice, to work as a slave, or work in a textile mill. And they pay was better so it was a no-brainer.

Anything else going on about this time?

September, 24 - President George Washington nominated John Jay the 1st Chief

The impact on the American Nation.

It gave America an array of new inventions and skills and a major boost to the economy.