Lyman was born on Aug 24, 1835 to Samuel Blake and Susanna.
Lyman had worked for Isaac Singer in his Singer Sewing Machine Co. Lyman set up sewing machines in the numerous shoe factories in the northeast of the United States during the 19th century. By 1856, Lyman as a co-owner of a shoe factory and developed improved ways to construct the shoes.
In 1850 at the age of 14, he lived in Abington, Massachusetts with his parents and sisters; Clarissa (age 26), Arathusa, (age 21), and Catherine, (age 16).
By July 1858, Lyman had developed a sewing machine for helping attach the soles of shoes to the upper part of the shoe. No longer would hand sewing be the method, but with machines to switch, making the manufacturing cost of shoes much less. He later sold the invention of the shoe sewing machine to Gordon McKay.
Lyman died on Oct. 5, 1883 in Newton, Massachusetts
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