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Bishop, J. Leander (John Leander), 1820-1868 / A history of American manufactures from 1608 to 1860 : exhibiting the origin and growth of the principal mechanic arts and manufactures, from the earliest colonial period to the adoption of the Constitution ; and comprising annals of the industry of the United States in machinery, manufactures and useful arts, with a notice of the important inventions, tariffs, and the results of each decennial census
Volume 3 (1868)

Manufactures of Trenton,   pp. 237-239


Page 239

SAMUEL K. WILSON'S FACTORY.
and next passes to the shearing machine, where the knots, ends of
thread, or other excrescences, are closely shaved off by revolving bladeA
set diagonally on a small cylinder. Rbvolving brushes are also em-
ployed to remove flue or dust, and it is then laid between glazed boards
with occasional layers of hot iron plates, and subjected to powerful
pressure in a hydraulic press, which gives it the requisite gloss and
finish. The cloth is then measured, and is ready for packing and
transportation. Throughout the process the fabric undergoes repeated
and rigid scrutiny to detect imperfections.
Mr. Samuel K. Wilson, the proprietor of this factory, was born in
Gloucester county, New Jersey, in 1821. le commenced the manu-
facture of woollen.goods in 1849, in Philadelphia, and removed to
Trenton in 1852. le was one of the first in the State who purchased
and operated self-acting mules; and for several years made a specialty
of manufacturing " Trenton Cassimeres." This peculiar fabric, part cot-
ton and part wool, became a standard article in the markets of the
United Vates, and was exported largely to Canada. During the Rle-
bellion he also engaged largely in supplying the wants of the Govern-
ment for Army Cloth, but previous to this period he bad already
attained such success that he was entitled to rank among the wealthy
men of New Jersey.
Mr. Wilson, though retiring in his manners and modest in the appre-
ciation of his abilities, is a man of great energy of character and fer-
tility of resources, and well deserves, for his manly and sterling quali-
ties, the large success that has attended his business career. le takes
an active interest in all that concerns the community in which he re-
sides, and Trenton has no more valuable man, nor more public-spirited
citizen. His aims have always been large, his plans beneficent, and
his career is justly considered one of usefulness and honor.


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