Isaac Babbitt

Isaac Babbitt (1799 - 1862)

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Isaac Babbitt
Born in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Died in Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Isaac was born in 1799. He was the son of Ziba Babbitt and Bathsheba Luscombe. He passed away in 1862.

Isaac Babbitt (July 26, 1799 in Taunton, Massachusetts – May 26, 1862 in Somerville, Massachusetts) was an American inventor; in 1839 he invented a bearing made of a low-friction tin-based metal alloy, Babbitt metal, that is used extensively in engine bearings today.

Babbitt was a goldsmith by trade, who experimented with metal alloys. In 1824 he made the first Britannia metal manufactured in the United States, from which he sold table wares as Babbitt, Crossman & Company. As this proved financially unsuccessful, he withdrew, and in 1834 moved to Boston. There he engaged as superintendent for the South Boston Iron Company, better known as Alger's foundries, where he produced the first brass cannon in the United States. Also while there, in 1839, he invented the widely-used anti-friction metal now known as Babbitt metal. For this invention he received in 1841 a gold medal from the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, and afterward the United States Congress granted him $20,000. He subsequently patented this material in England (1844) and in Russia (1847). For some time he devoted his attention to the production of the metal, and he was also engaged in the manufacture of soap.


  • "Metallic Hones for Sharpening Razors", U.S. Patent No. 10,5254, May 23, 1854


"Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Isaac Babbitt, 26 Jul 1799; citing TAUNTON,BRISTOL,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0844826 IT 1-3.

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Isaac Babbitt, Boston, ward 11, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing family 2137, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Massachusetts State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 March 2018), Isaac Babbitt, Ward 05, Roxbury, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States; State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 953,955.

"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 19 July 2016), Isaac Babbitt, 26 May 1862; citing Death, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 2,436,254.

"Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 March 2018), Isaac Babbitt, 26 May 1862; citing Somerville, Massachusetts, v 157 p 214, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 960,181.

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