Lewis howard latimer (september 4, 1848 – december 11, 1928) was an american inventor and draftsman contents [hide] 1 biography 2 technical work and inventions 3 legacy 4 patents 5 references 6 further reading 7 external links biography lewis howard latimer was born in chelsea, massachusetts, on. On the shoulders of giants: lewis latimer inventor in 1894 latimer invented the safety elevator, a great improvement for the elevator of that time his name. Lewis h latimer was born in 1848 in chelsea, massachusetts latimer was one of the first major african-american inventors, responsible for items such as the first water closet (or toilet) for railroad cars in 1874 as well as the forerunner to the air conditioner in 1886 he was most noted for his work with thomas edison and. Born in 1848, latimer belongs to a family of enslaved africans who fled bondage to settle in boston a slave owner named james b gray claims as his property george latimer, the father of lewis the latimer family is defended by william lloyd garrison (a white man) and by the legend of the abolitionist. 1848-1928 lewis h latimer was a leading engineer in the formative years of the electric power industry at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th he was a key member of the legendary group of inventors led by thomas edison. Lewis h latimer enjoyed a long career in the early years of the electrical industry as a draftsman, engineer, and contributor of several noteworthy inventions to the development of electrical illumination he was one of the many ingenious engineers who added to and perfected the advances made in electrical lighting in the. Explore the life of lewis howard latimer, the child of fugitive slaves who went on to help patent the light bulb and the telephone, at biographycom. Latimer house was the home of african-american inventor and electrical pioneer lewis howard latimer from 1903 until his death in 1928 the lewis h latimer house is a modest queen anne-style, wood-frame suburban residence constructed between 1887 and 1889 by the sexton family lewis howard latimer , an.
Lewis latimer biography - lewis latimer invented carbon-filament light bulb lewis howard latimer was one of the first african american inventors of repute in the united states of. Lewis latimer was one of the pioneers in the electric light industry from its creation until it became worldwide in its influence latimer's great sense of accomplishment was outstanding, even in his childhood his self-made background was indeed one of talent, and his many abilities were destined to bring him recognition. African american mathematicians and scientists biographies and photos throughout american history including lewis latimer.
Home of african american inventor and humanist lewis h latimer. Lewis h latimer was born on september 4, 1848, in chelsea, massachusetts latimer was the youngest of four children born to george and rebecca latimer his father had obtained his freedom only six years earlier george latimer worked as a slave for various owners in virginia until late 1842, a few months after. 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.
Although many african americans in the 19th century were victims of slavery, some of them were lucky enough to buy their freedom and showcase their brilliance and expertise to the world during this time, lewis howard latimer was among african americans who enjoyed a long career as a draftsman in. Blueprint for change is a source for reliable information on the life and work of lewis h latimer. This image might not be in the public domain outside of the united states this especially applies in the countries and areas that do not apply the rule of the shorter term for us works, such as canada, mainland china (not hong kong or macao), germany, mexico, and switzerland the creator and year of. We're interrupting your regularly scheduled programming on gentrification to bring you this black history month profile on lewis h latimer, the african- american renaissance man who in the late 19th century helped not only invent the lightbulb, but also create the electric industry as we know it today yes.
Inventor in history: lewis latimer in celebration of national inventors' day, which also happens to be edison's birthday and lands in black history month, we wanted to find someone who touched on all three lewis latimer is an african- american inventor, worked for edison later in his career, and a. Add to this the pride of achievement the desire to rank among the successful souls on earth, and we have the factors which have brought some of the ablest of human beings into the limelight that revealed them to an admiring world, as leaders and examples — lewis latimer quoted, without citation, in front matter to t a.
Lewis latimer was a noted inventor he created an improved carbon filament light bulb as well as dozens of other creations he also drafted alexander graham bell's telephone patent application. You know alexander graham bell you know thomas edison but chances are you don't know lewis latimer, the chelsea-born inventor and engineer who helped make those two famous men, well, famous. Lewis latimer was born in chelsea, massachusetts in 1848 he was the son of george and rebecca latimer, both of whom were escaped slaves from virginia when lewis latimer was a boy, his father george was arrested and tried as a slave fugitive the judge ordered his return to virginia and slavery,. Lewis h latimer was born in chelsea, massachusetts on september 4, 1848 his parents were former slaves who escaped bondage and settled in boston abolitionists william lloyd garrison and frederick douglass secured the necessary funds to obtain their freedom after a stint in the union navy during the civil war,.