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Singer, Isaac Merritt (27 October 1811–23 July 1875), inventor and manufacturer, was born in Pittstown or in nearby Schaghticoke, New York, the son of Adam Singer, a cooper, and Ruth Benson. Singer’s father emigrated from Germany in the late 1760s and shortened the family name from Reisinger soon after his arrival in the United States. Isaac was the couple’s youngest child. In 1821 his parents divorced, and his father remarried shortly thereafter....