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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Lewis Latimer Awarded First Patent

On this day in 1874, inventor Lewis Latimer received his first patent. The son of a Virginia couple who had escaped from slavery, he was born and raised in Chelsea. After a stint in the Union Army, Latimer began his career as an office boy in a Boston patent firm. Over 50 years later, he ended it as one of the "Edison Pioneers," a...
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