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Simeon North
(13 Jul 1765 - 25 Aug 1852)

American inventor and manufacturer who was a firearms manufacturer. Like Eli Whitney, he incorporated interchangeable parts in manufacturing.

Science Quotes by Simeon North (2 quotes)

I find that by confining a workman to one particular limb of the pistol until he has made two thousand, I save at least one quarter of his labor, to what I should provided I finishd them by small quantities; and the work will be as much better as it is quicker made. ... I have some seventeen thousand screws & other parts of pistols now forgd. & many parts nearly finished & the business is going on brisk and lively.
Describing subdivision of labour and standardization of parts.
— Simeon North
Letter to the Secretary of the Navy (1808), in S.N.D. and R.H. North, Memoir of Simeon North (1913), 64. Quoted in Joseph Wickham Roe, English and American Tool Builders (1916), 134.
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The component parts of the pistols are to correspond so exactly that any limb or part of one Pistol may be fitted to any other Pistol of the Twenty thousand.
Requirement in an 1813 contract with Simeon North to furnish 20,000 pistols.
— Simeon North
S.N.D. and R.H. North, Memoir of Simeon North (1913), 81. Quoted in Joseph Wickham Roe, English and American Tool Builders (1916), 134.
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