Samuel W. Collins
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Samuel Watkinson Collins (1802-1870) was an American businessman, founder of Collins Axe Company in Canton, Connecticut.
He was born September 8, 1802 in Middletown, Connecticut, one of seven children. His father was a successful lawyer in Middletown, and his mother came from Suffolk County, England and was apparently well educated. He died in 1871.
Collins began his company in 1826, producing axes. In 1832, Collins hired a 24-year-old Elisha K. Root, who made industrial improvements that both improved the quality of Collins' axes, and revolutionized the efficiency of their manufacture. The company expanded into other edge tools, becoming well known throughout Central and South America as a maker of machetes.
Sam Collins Day is an annual celebration in Canton CT named in his honor.
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