Jacob Snider

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Jacob Snider
Born Jacob Snider
(1811-01-01)January 1, 1811
Montgomery, Georgia
Died August 18, 1866(1866-08-18) (aged 55)
United Kingdom
Occupation Inventor
Spouse(s) Angelina

Jacob Snider (January 1, 1811 – August 18, 1866) was an American mechanical engineer and inventor. He invented and patented a method of converting existing muzzle-loading rifles into breech-loading rifles, notably the Snider-Enfield.

Originally from Montgomery, Georgia, Snider later moved to Philadelphia, but died in poverty in the UK while attempting to recover promised compensation from the British government.[1] He was survived by his wife Angelina and several sons, and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.[2]

Snider worked for the Pennsylvania Institute for the Blind, and in 1833, he produced the first raised print book in the United States. His method, which involved carving the letters into a sheet of copper by hand, was soon abandoned.


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  2. ^ Paths of Glory. Friends of Kensal Green Cemetery. 1997. p. 92. 

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.