In 1665, the first members of the Wilkinson family arrived in Rhode Island. Lawrence Wilkinson, of Lancaster, England, immigrated to New England and settled in Providence in 1657. He gained prominence as a military and political leader. The younger members of the Wilkinson family moved to Cumberland and Smithfield, Rhode Island.
David Wilkinson’s work as an inventor and machinist were among some of his most important achievements. The screw cutting lathe was probably his most important invention. This machine standardized the cutting of screw threads. This meant people could use just one type of screw. This was a big advancement for helping people when making machines.
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Last updated: December 14, 2021