Birthplace: Marham, Nottinghamshire, England
Location of death: Hastings, Sussex, England
Cause of death: unspecified
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Invented the power loom
Educated at Oxford, took up residence as pastor of Goadby Marwood in Leicestershire. He visited Richard Arkwright's weaving factory in 1784, and in 1785 Cartwright patented a crude version of the power loom. In 1789 he obtained patent on a wool-combing machine. Neither made him wealthy, but Parliament voted him a lump sum payment of £10,000, which he lived on through his retirement.
Brother: John Cartwright (parliamentary reformer)
University: University College, Oxford University
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