Categories: Bethany, Invention and Technology

Patents – Bethany’s Inventive Minds

From the time the federal government first began issuing patents in 1790, Connecticut was a national leader in patenting its abundant innovations. This dominance continued into the 19th and early 20th centuries when Connecticut led the country in the number of patents issued per capita. During this time, the national average for patents issued was one per every 3,000 people, but Connecticut’s ranged from one patent per 700 to one per 1,000 people. Additionally, in 1809, a Connecticut resident, Mary Kies of South Killingly, actually received the first US patent issued to any woman in the United States. While not all of the state’s patents resulted in viable products or processes, the efforts of many Connecticut inventors did stimulate the growth of the state’s business and industry, further contributing to the broader national economy.

Bethany

William A. Clark, Wood Auger

William A. Clark, Wood Auger
Patent Number 21,597
September 28, 1858

William A. Clark, Bullet Mold

William A. Clark, Bullet Mold
Patent Number 34,944
April 15, 1862

William A. Clark, Hollow Auger

William A. Clark, Hollow Auger
Patent Number 24,722
July 12, 1859

Chauncey T. Beecher, Harness Whiffletrees

Chauncey T. Beecher, Harness Whiffletrees
Patent Number 145,043
December 2, 1873

Paul S. Madsen, Inflatable Ball

Paul S. Madsen, Inflatable Ball
Patent Number 2,218,919
October 22, 1940

Gotthard Hagstrom, Latch for Screen Doors

Gotthard Hagstrom, Latch for Screen Doors
Patent Number 2,233,078
February 25, 1941

Paul S. Madsen, Ice Bag

Paul S. Madsen, Ice Bag
Patent Number 2,314,650
March 23, 1943

Marcus A. Hall, Boat Hull

Marcus A. Hall, Boat Hull
Patent Number 2,461,819
February 15, 1949

Paul S. Madsen, Bath Spray

Charles T. Manville, Bath Spray
Patent Number 2,488,017
November 15, 1949

LEARN MORE

Websites

“Connecticut Patents Project.” Connecticut State Library, Museum of Connecticut History, 2016. Link.

Documents

“Guide to U.S. Patent Research.” Connecticut State Library, 2016. Link.

Books

Roe, Joseph Wickham, and Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut. Connecticut Inventors. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1934.
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