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Daniel Treadwell
  • Born: 10 Oct 1791, Ipswich MA
  • Marriage (1): Adeline Lincoln on 6 Oct 1831
  • Died: 26 Feb 1872, Cambridge MA

  General notes:


  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed in 1805-1807 to Isaac Dodge Treadwell in Newburyport MA
    Following is brother's failure, he went to Boston to train under Jesse Churchill.

  • He was a partner circa 1810-1813 with Jesse Churchill in Boston MA as CHURCHILL & TREADWELL, with a shop at 88 Newbury Street in Boston. 4

  • Jug by CHURCHILL & TREADWELL, c 1810
    Private Collection
    h: 9 1/2"
    wt: 27.5 oz.
    Engraved "Benjamin and Judith Bussey"

  • Wine cooler, c 1813
    Mead Art Museum
    h: 9 9/16"
    w: 8 1/2"
    Engraved "Sepr 10th 1813 / Signalized our first triumph in squadron / A very superior British Force on Lake Erie / was entirely subdued by / Com. O. H. Perry / whose gallantry in action is equalled only / by his humility in victory"
  • Boston MA, 1813:
    Preferring to experiment with mechanical devices, he set aside his trade after the end of his partnership with Jesse Churchill. He patented a power printing press in 1826 and by 1835 had secured several patents for his machines for spinning hemp.
  • Appointed in 1829 as President of the Boston Mechanics Institute in Boston MA
  • Appointed in 1834-1845 as Rumford Professor at Harvard University, in Boston MA
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Cambridge MA, listed as an engineer.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Cambridge MA, listed as a retired manufacturer.
  • Obituary printed in the Salem Register (Salem MA) on 18 Apr 1872
    One of the most eminent American mechanicians and inventors has died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the age of four score, Daniel Treadwell, Rumford professor at Harvard College. He was one of the earliest improvers of the printing press, and upon a press of his invention the Boston Daily Advertiser was the first sheet struck off on the American Continent by machinery. Probably no living American inventor has produced so large a number of successful machines, although Americans are almost the most fertile of all peoples in mechanical inventions. His most important invention is the machinery, completed in 1829, for the spinning of hemp for cordage. All the cordage, we believe, for the United States Navy, is made by his machines, which to the stranger curious in such matters, form one of the objects best worth visiting in the navy yard near Boston. He was at a later period one of the earliest who gave their attention to improvements in ordinance, and his unwearied and costly experiments in the casting (manufacture) of heavy iron and steel guns resulted in patents obtained in this country anticipating the success of the Armstrong gun. He filled the chair of a professorship founded by Count Rumford, and was for many years vice-president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Daniel married Adeline Lincoln on 6 Oct 1831. (Adeline Lincoln was born on 24 May 1804 in Hingham MA and died on 27 May 1885 in Boston MA.)

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