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Lincoln's Patent

Time: May 22, 2019 from 11pm to 11:15pm
Location: Washington Patent Office and the Smithsonian
City/Town: Washington, DC
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Event Type: history, president, lincoln, patents
Organized By: John Voris, Lead Coordinator
Latest Activity: Mar 14, 2019

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Abraham Lincoln the only US president to receive a U.S. patent !

On May 22, 1849, Abraham Lincoln received Patent No. 6469 for a device to lift boats over shoals, an invention which was never manufactured. However, it eventually made him the only U.S. president to hold a patent.

Trivia: Lincoln's Secretary, John G Nicolay, a newspaperman,  owned 5 patents: 4 for improvements to printing presses and one for an improved chair for camping.

There is a replica of Lincoln's scale model at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The purpose was to raise boats over shoals and sand bars, but it was never used. 

Saluting the ingenuity and inventiveness of individual Americans to create the latest new thing . . .


I would rather improve my business every day

than depend on a breakthrough every year.

   Philip Kotler, American Professor  

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