Matthew Boulton

English manufacturer, industrialist 1728-1809, business partner of James Watt

Matthew Boulton (3 September 172817 August 1809) was an English manufacturer and business partner of Scottish engineer James Watt.

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  • I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have—power.
    • Speaking to Boswell of his engineering works on 22 March 1776, in James Boswell ‘The Life of Samuel Johnson’
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      • The vastness and the contrivance of some of the machinery would have ‘matched his mighty mind’. I shall never forget Mr Bolton’s expression to me: ‘I sell here, Sir, what all the world desires to have, – POWER.’ He had about seven hundred people at work. I contemplated him as an iron chieftain, and he seemed to be a father to his tribe.

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