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Born in June, 1815, one of nine children, died in February, 1887 the son of William Fox, a weaver's shuttle maker (for cottage looms).

He served part of his apprenticeship to Samuel Cocker from 1831 to 1834 and followed his master to Sheffield. Before the age of thirty he owned a wire drawing factory in an old mill in Stocksbridge.
He experimented with and ultimately invented Fox's Paragon Frames, read Fox Umbrellas full history for more.

Samuel Fox was no relation to Thomas Fox