Born April 13, 1772 – February 24, 1852
Patent #: 190x
Terry’s clock manufacturing techniques and designs made clocks household
objects by the third and fourth decades of the nineteenth century.
Previously, clocks were luxury items owned only by the most well off in
society. The low cost of Terry’s clocks, however, allowed them to permeate
all economic and social strata and allowed for the clock to become a
ubiquitous addition to the American household.
A native of East Windsor, Connecticut, Eli Terry had his start in the clock making business in a series of apprenticeships where he manufactured both brass and wooden movement clocks. In 1793, Terry moved to Plymouth, Connecticut, and by the turn of the century he was dedicated to the production of wooden movement clocks.