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Horace Meach Singer was born October 1, 1823 in Schenectady, New York. In 1836, when he was 13, he moved to Lockport, Illinois with his family because his father was a canal and harbor laborer.

Horace assisted his father with the construction of section of the canal from 1836 to 1840. In 1845, Horace was appointed an engineer of the canal and was named superintendent of canal repairs.

On April 6, 1847, Horace married Harriet A. Roberts. They had three sons: Edward, Charles and Walter.

In 1852, while overseeing repairs, a large dolomite quarry was found near Lemont. He resigned from the canal office and founded H.M Singer & Company to develop the quarry.

In his later life Horace became involved in politics. In 1866 he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. Horace Singer died on December 28, 1896 and was buried in Lockport City Cemetery.