Born Jan. 8, 1821, in England, he emigrated to America at an early age.
Borrow drew the plans for the Cooper-Hewitt rolling mill, the first three-high beam rolling mill of its kind in the world, located on the Delaware River in Trenton. Later he became foreman and superintendent of the mill, which changed its name to the Trenton Iron Works. The face of his monument bears a relief carving depicting his invention for the rolling of iron rails. This invention allowed Charles Hewitt and the Trenton Iron Works to produce iron beams for America's first fire-proof building built with steel structural members. Borrow died before the patent could be acquired for his design. Four years later, John Fritz of Pittsburgh acquired a patent for a similar design.
Died Oct. 1, 1854, at his home near the Trenton Iron Works.