Categories: Invention and Technology, Stafford

Patents – Stafford’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.

Stafford

Ethan S. Chapin, Lock for Fire-ArmPatent Number 274July 17, 1837

Ethan S. Chapin,
Fire-Arm Lock
Patent Number 274
July 17, 1837

Elijah Fairman, Power-LoomPatent Number 595February 6, 1838

Elijah Fairman,
Power-Loom
Patent Number 595
February 6, 1838

David E. Whiton, Scroll-ChuckPatent Number 224,119February 3, 1880

David E. Whiton,
Scroll-Chuck
Patent Number 224,119
February 3, 1880

Fred M. Brown and Edward J. Brosnan, Pneumatic Tire Patent Number 565,258August 4, 1896

Fred M. Brown and Edward J. Brosnan, Pneumatic Tire
Patent Number 565,258
August 4, 1896

Nathan M. Stebbins, Combination Tool Patent Number 574,178December 29, 1896

Nathan M. Stebbins,
Combination Tool
Patent Number 574,178
December 29, 1896

Nathan Washburn, FurnacePatent Number 690,212December 31, 1901

Nathan Washburn,
Furnace
Patent Number 690,212
December 31, 1901

David E. Chism, Cash Carrier ApparatusPatent Number 754,424March 15, 1904

David E. Chism,
Cash Carrier Apparatus
Patent Number 754,424
March 15, 1904

Harry Markoff, Ear Protector Patent Number 1,066,511July 8, 1913

Harry Markoff,
Ear Protector
Patent Number 1,066,511
July 8, 1913

Henry C. Fisk, Stabilizer for AeroplanesPatent Number 1,072,710September 9, 1913

Henry C. Fisk,
Stabilizer for Aeroplanes
Patent Number 1,072,710
September 9, 1913

Romano Serafin, Loom Picker-StickPatent Number 1,279,024September 17, 1918

Romano Serafin,
Loom Picker-Stick
Patent Number 1,279,024
September 17, 1918

Victor J. Bissonnette and Albertus M. Linn, Hand CardPatent Number 1,073,842September 23, 1918

Bissonnette and Linn,
Hand Card
Patent Number 1,073,842
September 23, 1918

Charles E. Bean, et al., Device for Eliminating Motor Vehicle Headlight Glare Patent Number 2,012,620August 27, 1935

Charles E. Bean, et al.,
Device for Headlight Glare
Patent Number 2,012,620
August 27, 1935

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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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