Harry E. Soref

Is your surname Soref?

Research the Soref family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Harry E. Soref

Birthplace: Bilozirka, Lanovets'kyi district, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
Death: March 01, 1957 (69)
Immediate Family:

Son of Father of Harry Soref and Mother of Harry Soref
Husband of Bertha Soref
Father of Ida Lynn Soref; Ruth Susan Coleman; Milton Soref; Norman Soref and Private
Brother of Samuel Soref and Bernard Soref

Occupation: Inventor
Managed by: Marlene Bilsky
Last Updated:
view all

Immediate Family

About Harry E. Soref

Locksmith, inventor of the laminated steel padlock, and founder of Master Lock Company (1921). As a locksmith, Soref had realized that the cheaper padlocks, made with stamped metal sheels, were poor security because they were easily damaged. He patented (1924) his invention of a laminated padlock which, like bank vault doors and battleships, was built in laminations of layer on layer of steel for greater strength. Unable to sell his invention to a padlock manufacturer, he began making them himself. Master Lock opened its first tiny factory in Milwaukee, Wisc. In 1928 Master Lock gained national recognition for shipping 147,600 padlocks to federal prohibition agents in New York for locking up the speakeasies they raided.

view all

Harry E. Soref's Timeline

March 2, 1887
Bilozirka, Lanovets'kyi district, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
February 2, 1919
May 23, 1923
Milwaukee, WI, United States
March 1, 1957
Age 69