All Sources -
Updated Media sources (1) About encyclopedia.com content Print Topic
Crompton, Samuel (1753–1827). Inventor. One of the men who revolutionized the Lancashire textiles industry, Crompton was born near Bolton. His ‘spinning mule’, invented in 1779, improved upon Hargreaves's jenny. It was a cross between the jenny and Arkwright's water frame and produced yarn of high quality, particularly suited to muslins. Like many inventors, Crompton made little out of his discovery and his business ventures failed. He was however given a public grant of £5,000 in 1812.
J. A. Cannon