Colt, Samuel. An American inventor. Born at Hartford, CT, in 1814. He early conceived the idea of revolving firearms and, in 1835, Colt took out a patent for the weapon since known the world over as the "Colt revolver." In 1848 he established a company for the working out of his patent, and built at Hartford one of the most extensive armories in the world. Died 1862.