There are perhaps no two famous American inventors who embody this spirit of ingenuity better than Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison. Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, helped invent the idea of an American nation. American inventors, people who created or discovered a new method, form, device, or other useful medium that became known as an invention. This category includes the following 11 subcategories, out of 11 total.
The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 563 total. This list may not reflect recent changes. Edison was the quintessential American inventor in the era of Yankee ingenuity. He began his career in 1863, during the adolescence of the telegraph industry, when practically the only source of electricity were primitive batteries that produced a low voltage current.
Before he died in 1931, he had played a fundamental role in ushering in the modern era of electricity. From their laboratories and workshops, the phonograph emerged, the transmitter with carbon buttons for the telephone speaker and microphone, the incandescent lamp, a revolutionary generator of unprecedented efficiency, the first commercial system of light and electrical energy, an experimental electric railway and key elements of cinematographic devices, as well as a number of other inventions. Died on October 18, 1931 in West Orange, New Jersey
), American inventor who, individually or together, held a world record of 1,093 patents. By the time of the Civil War, the average American had attended school a total of 434 days, just over two years of schooling by today's standards.
He founded the Native American Intellectual Property Business Council to help other Native American inventors.