Black History Month, lesson #2
Good Morning Class!!
Today's lesson is about inventions and Inventors!
(April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1919)Born free in Columbus, Ohio, Granville T. Woods was an African American Inventor. He was CRUCIAL to inventions such as electric railways, telegraphs, air brakes, telephones, and amusement park rides. Woods perhaps was MOST IMPORTANT to the TELEPHONE! Often referred to as the "Black Edison" Mr. Woods developed several improvements for the railroad system.
According to www.asetbooks.com ,
Granville T. Woods is holder of more than 20 patents for industrial appliances, including the Telephone Transmitter (1885), which he sold to Alexander Graham Bell. Woods' inventions relate principally to electrical subjects, such as telegraphic and telephone instruments, electric railway and general systems of electrical controls. Woods also received several patents on means for transmitting telegraphic messages between moving trains. The records of the United States Patent Office show that, for valuable considerations, several of Mr. Woods' patents have been assigned to the foremost electrical corporations of the world, such as the General Electric Company of New York and the American Bell Telephone Company of Boston. These records also indicate that he followed other lines of creative thought; one of his other inventions being an incubator, another a complicated and ingenious amusement device, a third a steam boiler furnace and yet another mechanical brake. Mr. Woods, described by the Chicago Tribune in 1919 as the Greatest Electrical Inventor in the world, is perhaps the best known of all the Black inventors. In passing away, he left us the rich legacy of a life successfully devoted to the cause of progress.
This is of the utmost importance to ANYONE who uses a telephone! Without GRANVILLE T. WOODS there may not have been telephones or telephone service! By the time of his death in 1919 Woods had approximately 60 patents!
Read more about Granville T Woods HERE, HERE and HERE.
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