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Thomas, Seth

Born: 1785 AD
Died: 1859 AD

1785 – Born in Wolcott, Connecticut. An American clockmaker.

1800 – Seth attempted to set up a clock-making industry in Wolcott. He made his first clock in his family’s house off of Spindle Hill Road.

1807 – He started out as a woodworker invited to manufacture clocks in partnership with Eli Terry and Silas Hoadley.

1810 – Thomas and Terry bought out Hoadley’s share of the company and they worked together until 1812. At that time Seth Thomas sold out his share of the company, and went into business on his own in Plymouth Hollow.

1812 – He began his own factory, then bought the rights to Terry’s popular shelf clock, developing a highly successful business in Plymouth, CT (an area of which was later renamed Thomaston in his honour). His other enterprises included a cotton mill, and a brass-rolling and wire-making factory.

1853 – The Seth Thomas Clock Company was established. Thomas also purchased the manufacturing rights of the shelf clock from Eli Terry and turned this particular type of clock into a big seller. He mass-produced clocks by using automated methods to build and assemble the components of the clocks.

1859 – Seth Thomas died in Plymouth. It was at that time that the politicians of Plymouth made the western portion of the town, where the factory was located, into a new town called Thomaston.