George Singer (cycle manufacturer)

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George Singer
Born 1847
Stinsford, Dorset, England
Died 4 January 1909 aged 62
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Cycle manufacturer

George Singer (1847 - 4 January 1909) was an English cycle manufacturer who was a pioneer of both cycle and automobile development.[1]

Singer was born at Stinsford, Dorset in 1847 the son of George and Helen Singer. He served an apprenticeship at Penn's Engineering Works in Greenwich and in 1869 he moved to Coventry to work at the Coventry Machinist Company.[1] Around 1874 he started his own company to manufacture cycles and the Singer Cycle Company soon grew into a large business and in 1896 at height of popularity for cycles he floated his business as a company with a capital of £700,000.[1] The development of forks with curves is attributed to him.[2]

A Singer motorcycle

Singer was elected to the Coventry city council in 1881 and he became an alderman in 1893 and also served as Mayor of Coventry.[1] He resigned from the council in 1898 as his interest were more with philanthropic and charity interest rather than politics.[1]

Singer died on 4 January 1909 aged 62 at his home at Coundon Court near Coventry.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Mr. George Singer" (Obituaries). The Times (London). Wednesday, 6 January 1909. (38849), p. 11.
  2. ^ Kevin Atkinson (2013). The Singer Story: The Cars, Commercial Vehicles, Bicycles & Motorcycles. Veloce Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 2013-12-14. "The curved front forks of a bicycle are a George Singer patent, and still in use today."