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(A - F)                     Invention                                Date                        Patent Number

Abrams, William. B. HAME Attachment (Part for a draft horses' collar) April 14, 1891 450,550
Adams, James S. Airplane Propelling
Alcorn, George Fabrication of spectrometer October 21, 1986 4,618,380
Allen, C. W. Self-Leveling Table November 1, 1898 613,436
Allen, J. B. Clothes Line Support December 10, 1895 551,105
Ashbourne (Abourne), Alexander P. Process for Preparing Cocoanut for Domestic Use June 1, 1875 163,962
Biscuit Cutter November 30 1875 170,460
Refining Coconut Oil July 27, 1880 230,518
Process of Treating Coconut August 21, 1877 194,287
Ammons, Virgie M. Fireplace Damper Actuating Tool September 30, 1975 3,908,633
Bailes, William Ladder Scaffold-Support August 5, 1879 218,154
Bailey, L. C. Combined Truss and Bandage September 25, 1883 285,545
Folding Bed July 18, 1899 629,286
Bailiff, C. O. Shampoo Headrest October 11, 1898 612,008
Ballow, W. Combined Hat-rack and Table March 29, 1898 601,422

Benjamin Banneker a self-taught mathematician and builder (at age 21) of the first striking clock built in the United States.  An amateur astronomer, Banneker's calculations for solar and lunar eclipses appeared in 29 editions of his almanacs, published from 1792 to 1797.  In 1791 Benjamin Banneker and Pierre Charles L'Enfant are commissioned to plan and develop Washington, DC.

Barnes, G.A.E. Design for Sign August 19, 1898   29,193
Barry, William Postmarking and canceling machine
Beard, Andrew. J. Rotary Engine July 5, 1892 478,271
Automatic Car-Coupling Device November 23, 1897 594,059
Becket, G. E. Letter Box  October 4, 1892   483,525
Bell, L. Locomotive Smoke Stack May 23, 1871 115,153
Dough Kneader December, 1872 133,823
Benjamin, L. W. Broom Moisteners and Bridles May 16, 1893 497,747
Berger, Edmond Spark Plug
Benjamin, Miss M.E. Gong and Signal Chairs for Hotels July 17, 1888 386,286
Binga, M. W. Street Sprinkling Apparatus July 22, 1893 217,843
Blackburn, A. B. Railway Signal January 10, 1888 376,362
Spring Seat for Chairs April 3, 1888 380,420
Cash Carrier October 23, 1888 391,577

Blair, Henry.               

Mechanical Seed Planter  October 14, 1834     
Mechanical Corn Harvester August 31, 1836
Blue, L. Hand Corn Shelling Device May 20, 1884 298,937
Booker, I. F. Design Rubber Scraping Knife March 28, 1899 630,404
Boone, Sarah Ironing Board April 26, 1892 473,653
Bowman, H. A.  Making Flags Feb 12, 1892  469,395
Brooks, C. B. Punch October 31, 1893 507,672
Street Sweepers March 17, 1896 556,711
Street Sweepers May 12, 1896 560,154
Brooks, Hallstead, and Page Street Sweepers April 21, 1896 558,719
Brown, Henry Receptacle for Storing and Preserving Papers November 2, 1886 352,036
Brown, L. F. Bridle Bit October 25, 1892 484,994
Brown, Marie V. Brittan Security System December 2, 1969 3,482,037
Brown, O. E. Horse Shoe August 23, 1892 481,271
Brown and Latimer Water Closets for Railway Cars February 10, 1874 147,363
Burr, John A. Lawn Mower  May 9, 1899 624,749
Burr, W. F. Railway Switching Device October 31, 1899 636,197
Burridge, L. S. and Marsham Typewriter
Burwell, W. Boot or Shoe November 28, 1899 638,143
Butler, R. A. Train Alarm June 15, 1897 584,540
Butts, J. W. Luggage Carrier October 10, 1899 634,611
Byrd, T. J. Improvement in Holders for Reins for Horses February 6, 1872 123,328
Apparatus for Detaching Horses from Carriages March 19, 1872 124,790
Improvement in Neck Yokes for Wagons April 30, 1872 126,181
Improvement in Rail Car Coupling December 1, 1874 157,370
Campbell, W. S. Self-Setting Animal Trap August 30, 1881 246,369
Cargill, B. F. Invalid Cot July 25, 1899 629,658
Carrington, T. A. Range Oven July 25, 1876 180,323
Carter, I. O. Nursery Chair 1960
Carter, W. C. Umbrella Stand August 4, 1865 323,397
Carver, George Washington Peanut Butter 1900
300 products from peanuts, 118 products from the sweet potato and 75 from the pecan. 1900 - 1943
Certain, J. M. Parcel Carrier for Bicycles December 26, 1899 639,708
Cherry, M. A. Velocipede May 8, 1888 382,351
Street Car Fender January 1, 1895 531,908
Church, T. S. Carpet Beating Machine July 29, 1884 302,237
Clark, Joan Medicine Tray 1987
Clare, O. B. Rail Trestle October 9, 1888 390,753
Coates, R. Over-boot for Horses April 19, 1892 473,295
Cook, G. Automatic Fishing Device May 30, 1899 625,829
Coolidge, J. S. Harness Attachment November 13, 1888 392,908
Cooper, A. R. Shoemaker's Jack August 23, 1899 631,519
Cooper, J. Shutter and fastening May 1, 1883 276,563
Elevator Device April 2, 1895 536,605
Elevator Device September 21, 1897 590,257
Cornwell, P. W. Draft Regulator October 2, 1888 390,284
Draft Regulator February 7, 1893 491,082
Cralle, Alfred  L. Ice Cream Mold (Scooper) February 2, 1897 576,395
Creamer, H. Steam Feed Water Trap  March 17, 1895 313,854
Steam Trap Feeder December 11, 1888 394,463

Creamer, also patented five steam traps between 1887 and 1893

Cosgrove, W. F. Automatic Stop Plug for Gas Oil Pipes March 17, 1885 313,993
Dawkins, J. T. Ventilation Aid February 19, 1895 534,322
Davis, I. D. Tonic November 2, 1886 351,829
Davis, W. D. Riding Saddles October 6, 1896 568,939
Davis, W. D., Jr. Liberty Table September 24, 1878 203,378
Deitz, W. A. Shoe April 30, 1867   64,205
Desjardin, William and Downing, Gertrude E. Corner Cleaner Attachment February 13, 1973 3,715,772
Dickinson, J. H. Pianola Detroit, Michigan 1899
Dorsey, O. Door Holding Device December 10, 1878 210,764
Dorticus, C. J. Device for Applying Coloring Liquids to Soles/Heels of Shoes March 18, 1895 535,850
Machine for Embossing Photo April 16, 1895 537,442
Photographic Print Wash April 23, 1895 537,968
Hose Leak Stop July 18, 1899 629,315
Downing, Gertrude E. and Desjardin, William Corner Cleaner Attachment February 13, 1973 3,715,772
Downing, Phillip B. Electric Switch for Railroad June 17, 1890 430,118
Letter Box October 27, 1891 462,093
Street Letter Box October 27, 1891 462,096

1941 - Dr. Charles Richard Drew creator of the plasma method of blood preservation sets up and runs the pioneer blood plasma bank in Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.   This bank will serve as one of the models for the system of banks operated later by the American Red Cross and established them around The World.

Dunnington, J. H. Horse Detachers March 16, 1897 578,979
Edmonds, T. H. Separating Screens July 20, 1897 586,724
Elgin, Ellen Clothes Wringer 1880s
Elkins, T. Dining, Ironing Table and Quilting Frame Combined   February 22, 1870 100,020
Chamber Commode January 9, 1872 122,518
Refrigerating Apparatus November 4, 1879 221,222
Toilet 1897
Emeagwali, Philip World's Fastest Computer 1989
Accurate Weather Forecasting 1990
Improved Petroleum Recovery 1990
Hyperball Computer April 1996
Evans, J. H. Convertible Settees October 5, 1897 591,059
Faulkner, H. Ventilated Shoes       April 29, 1890 426,495
Ferrell, F. J. Steam Trap February 11, 1890 420,993
Apparatus for Melting Snow May 27, 1890 428,670

Ferrell also patented eight valves between 1890 and 1933

Fisher, D. A. Joiners' Clamp April 20, 1875 132,281
Furniture Castor March 14, 1876 174,794
Flemming, Robert F., Jr Guitar March 3, 1886 338,727
Forten, James Sailing Apparatus 1850

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Updated by K. Ferguson Kelly:  November 24, 2012