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Men of Progress—American Inventors

  • 1862
  • Engraved by John Sartain, American. After C. Schussele
  • Image: 17 x 36 in.
    Engraving on wove paper
  • Not on display
  • Gift of Fisher Scientific International
  • Fisher Collection
  • FA 2000.001.222
  • No known copyright restrictions


Group portrait of American inventors. Standing, left to right: Dr. William Thomas Greene Morton (1819–1868), who employed ether to produce unconsciousness in surgery; James Bogardus (1800–1874), who used cast iron as a building material; Samuel Colt (1814–1862), who created the six-barreled revolver; Cyrus McCormick (1809–1884), who invented the grain reaper; Joseph Saxton (1799–1873), who devised standard weights and measures from U.S. Mint; Peter Cooper (1791–1878), who discovered self-induction and electromagnetic induction; John Ericsson (1807–1889), who invented the Monitor, the first iron-clad ship; Erastus Brigham Bigelow (1814–1879), who invented a loom for weaving carpets. Seated, left to right: Charles Goodyear (1800–1860), who invented vulcanization of rubber; Jordan L. Mott, inventor of the self-feeding stove; Eliphalet Nott (1775–1866), who created a stove to burn anthracite coal; Frederick E. Sickels (1819–1872), who invented a cut-off valve to stop admission of steam before the end of a piston stroke; Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791–1872), inventor of the telegraph; Henry Burden (1781–1871), who created a device to manufacture horseshoes; Richard March Hoe (1812–1886), who invented a printing press that used type on a revolving cylinder; Isaiah Jennings (1782–1863), who invented early matches known as "Prometheans"; Thomas Blanchard (1788–1864), who invented a lathe to turn and finish gunbarrels in a single operation; and Elias Howe (1819–1867), inventor of the sewing machine.


Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by John Skirving, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.' Published by Munn & Co., N.Y./ Proof/ Printed by R. Mason, N.Y./ Presented to the subscribers of the ??

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