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Lewis Latimer – Black inventor

Lewis Latimer ranks in at one of the top ten most important Black inventors in all of history. Lewis is not only known for his variation of inventions but he is also known for creating one of the most famous discoveries. Lewis was born in Massachusetts during the year 1848 to the parents of runaway slaves from Virginia. His father was captured by his slave owner and he was destined to go back to Virginia yet some abolition supports purchased him during the process and he became free.

When Lewis became over he went on and joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1965. Once discharged, he was employed as an office boy for one of the patent law firms, where he was only making $3.00 a week. However, he learned to sketch patent draws and was promoted to the head draftsman position where he then proceed to make $20.00 a week. Not to mention the fact that in 1873 he married Mary Wilson.

By 1874, Lewis had even helped W.C. Brown invent a train water closet for the bathrooms of railroad trains. Little did Latimer know but he would be playing a part in one of the world’s most important inventions of all time just two short years afterwards.

 

 

Over the preceding years Lewis was able to expand his success even further. Then, when Thomas Edison invented the light bulb he knew it was time for him to put one of his bright ideas to the works. The light bulb that Edison had invented only lasted for a short amount of time. Lewis was determined to come out with one that could last longer so it would be more cost efficient. He was able to do so and by 1890 Thomas Edison gave him a job.

After beginning a career here Lewis still invented things on his on and quite a few of them were even patented.

 

Latimer, Lewis

Lewis Latimer ranks in at one of the top ten most important Black inventors in all of history. Lewis is not only known for his variation of inventions but he is also known for creating one of the most famous discoveries. Lewis was born in Massachusetts during the year 1848 to the parents of runaway slaves from Virginia. His father was captured by his slave owner and he was destined to go back to Virginia yet some abolition supports purchased him during the process and he became free.

When Lewis became over he went on and joined the Navy and was honorably discharged in 1965. Once discharged, he was employed as an office boy for one of the patent law firms, where he was only making $3.00 a week. However, he learned to sketch patent draws and was promoted to the head draftsman position where he then proceed to make $20.00 a week. Not to mention the fact that in 1873 he married Mary Wilson.

By 1874, Lewis had even helped W.C. Brown invent a train water closet for the bathrooms of railroad trains. Little did Latimer know but he would be playing a part in one of the world’s most important inventions of all time just two short years afterwards.

Over the preceding years Lewis was able to expand his success even further. Then, when Thomas Edison invented the light bulb he knew it was time for him to put one of his bright ideas to the works. The light bulb that Edison had invented only lasted for a short amount of time. Lewis was determined to come out with one that could last longer so it would be more cost efficient. He was able to do so and by 1890 Thomas Edison gave him a job.

After beginning a career here Lewis still invented things on his on and quite a few of them were even patented.

 

 

 
 
 
 

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