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Patents – Bozrah’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.

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Daniel Rudd, Improvement in the Mode of Propelling Ships and Other Vessels, Patent Number 2,509March 23, 1842

Daniel Rudd, Propelling Ships and Other Vessels,
Patent Number 2,509
March 23, 1842

George S. Smith, Improvement in Yarn Evener Patent Number 92,218 July 6, 1869

George S. Smith,
Improvement in Yarn Evener
Patent Number 92,218
July 6, 1869

George B. Clark, Wagon JackPatent Number 298,350May 13, 1884

George B. Clark,
Wagon Jack
Patent Number 298,350
May 13, 1884

L. Brand, Shuttle Operating Mechanism for Looms Patent Number 419,818 January 21, 1890

L. Brand, Shuttle Operating Mechanism for Looms
Patent Number 419,818
January 21, 1890

Charles L. Rathbone, Oar Lock Patent Number 1,155,275 September 28, 1915

Charles L. Rathbone,
Oar Lock
Patent Number 1,155,275
September 28, 1915

G.W. Gilman, Selective Antenna Circuits Patent Number 1,933,669 November 7, 1933

G.W. Gilman,
Selective Antenna Circuits
Patent Number 1,933,669
November 7, 1933

Martin John Gilman, Protective Armor Design Patent 124,251 December 24, 1940

Martin John Gilman,
Protective Armor
Patent Number 124,251
December 24, 1940

M.J. Gilman, Portable Dummy Patent Number 2,203,259June 4, 1940

M.J. Gilman,
Portable Dummy
Patent Number 2,203,259
June 4, 1940

M.J. Gilman, Football Training Blocking Pad Design Patent Number 171,590March 2, 1954

M.J. Gilman,
Football Training Blocking Pad
Patent Number 171,590
March 2, 1954

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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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