Isaac Adams Edit Profile
He served in the Massachusetts Senate and invented the Adams Power Press, which revolutionized the printing industry. His education was limited, and at an early age he was an operative in a cotton factory. Afterward he learned the trade of cabinet maker, but in 1824 went to Boston and sought work in a machine shop.
He invented the Adams Power Press in 1827, and it was introduced in 1830. The machine "worked a revolution in the art of printing," and beginning in 1836, became the leading machine used in book binding for the rest of the century, and was distributed worldwide. It substantially reduced the cost of book production, and made books more widely available.
His last years were spent in retirement. He died in 1883.
He was a member of the Massachusetts Senate in 1840, and the Emigrant Aid Company.