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Inventors 
(M - Q)                     Invention                                                Date                      Patent Number

Mangin, Anna M. Pastry Fork March 1, 1892
Marshall, T. I. Fire Extinguisher May 26, 1872 125,063
Marshall, W. Grain Binder May 11, 1886 341,599
Marsham, N. R. and Burridge, L. S. Typewriter 1885
Martin, Thomas J. Fire Extinguisher March 26, 1872  
Martin, W. A. Lock July 23, 1889 407,738
Lock December 30, 1890 443,945

Jan Matzeliger shoe lasting machine invention will revolutionize the shoe industry, allowing for the first mass production of shoes.

  Automatic Shoe Making Machine 1883
Matzeliger, J. E Tack Separating Mechanism March 25, 1890
Shoe Lasting Machine September 22, 1891
Nailing Machine February 25, 1896
Mechanism for Distributing Tacks November 26, 1899

Elijah McCoy will become a master inventor and holder of over 50 patents. He will be the inventor of a device that allows machines to be lubricated while they are still in operation.  Machinery buyers insisted on McCoy lubrication systems when buying new machines and will take nothing less than what becomes known as the "Real McCoy." The inventor's automatic oiling devices will become so universal that no heavy-duty machinery will be considered adequate without it, and the expression becomes part of America culture. 
McCoy received 25 patents for different types of lubricators between 1872 and 1899.

McCoy, E.                 (The phrase "The Real McCoy" was coined from the demand of his inventions)

 

Lubricator for Steam Engines July 2, 1872 129,843
Lubricator for Steam Engines August 6, 1872 130,305
Steam Lubricator January 20, 1874 146,697
Ironing Table May 12, 1874 150,876
Steam Cylinder Lubricator February 1, 1876 173,032
Steam Cylinder Lubricator July 4, 1876 179,585
Lawn Sprinkler Design September 26, 1899 631,549
Steam Dome June 16, 1885 320,354
Lubricator Attachment April 19, 1887 361,435
Lubricator for Safety Values May 24, 1887 363,529
Drip Cup September 29, 1891 460,215

McCoy and Hodges

Lubricator December 24, 1889 418,139

McCree, D.

Portable Fire Escape November 11, 1890 440,322

Mendenhall, A.

Holder for Driving Reins November 28, 1899 637,811

Miles Alexander

Elevator and also safety device for elevators October 11, 1887 371,207

Mitchell, C. L.

Phoneterisin January 1, 1884 291,071

Mitchell, J. M.

Check Row Corn Planter January 16, 1900 641,462

Moody, William U.

Game Board Design May 11, 1897   27,046
Moore, Samuel Fuel-value lock for motor vehicle June 25, 1935 2,006,027
Hobby horse March 19, 1929 1,705,991
Locomotive Headlight February 14, 1928 1,569,328
Self-directing headlight November 30, 1926 1,608,903
Vehicle-headlight mechanism February 07, 1928 1,658,534

Morehead, King

Reel Carrier October 6, 1896 568,916
Morgan, Garrett A. Breathing Device (later known as the gas mask that saved many lives during World War I) October 13, 1914 1,113.675
Automatic Traffic Signal November 20, 1923 1,475,024
Morris, Joel Morgan Switching System charging arrangement August 29, 1972 3,688,047
Muckelroy, William L. Ceramic Inductor May 21, 1974 3,812,442
Leadless Micro-miniature inductance element with closed magnetic circuit September 21, 1972 3,691,497

Murray, George W.

Combined Furrow Opener and Stalk-knocker April 10, 1894 517,960
Cultivator and Maker April 10, 1894 571,961
Planter June 5, 1894 520,887
Cotton Chopper June 5, 1894 520,888
Fertilizer Distributor June 5, 1894 520,889
Planter June 5, 1894 520,890
Combined Cotton Seed June 5, 1884 520,891
Planter and Fertilizer Distributor Reaper June 5, 1884 520,892

Murray, William

Attachment for Bicycles January 27, 1891 445,452

Nance, Lee

Game Apparatus December 1, 1891 464,035

Nash, Henry

Improvement in Life Preserving Stools October 5, 1875 168,519
Nauflett, George W. Process for the Synthesis of 2-flouro-2, 2-dinitroethanol March 28, 1972 3,652,686
Neal Theophilus E. Automatic Blow-off November 01, 1932 1,885,466
Shower Bath Spray January 03, 1933 1,893,435
Neblett, Richard F. Gasoline Composition October 11, 1960 2,955,928
Motor Fuel Composition September 18, 1962 3,054,666
Oil-soluble ashless dispersant detergent inhibitors May 12, 1970 3,511,780

Newman, Miss Lydia D.

Hair Brush November 15, 1898 614,335

Newson, Simon

Oil Heater or Cooker May 22, 1894 520,188

Nichols and Latimer

Electric Lamp September 13, 1881 247,097

Nickerson, William J.

Mandolin and Guitar Attachment for Pianos June 27, 1899 627,739
Nokes, Clarence Venetian Blind Restringer June 03, 1958 2,836,882
Lawn Mower February 12, 1963 3,077,066

O'Conner, John and Turner, Collatinus A.

Alarm for Boilers August 25, 1896 566,612
Steam Gage August 25, 1896 566,613
Alarm for Coasts Containing Vessels February 8, 1898 598,572
Onesimus Small Pox Inoculation (Method Brought from Africa Where Advance Medical Practices Were in Use Long Before Europeans Had Any Medical Knowledge 1721

Outlaw, John W.

Horse Shoes November 15, 1898 614,273
Parker, Alice H. Heating Furnace December 23, 1919 1,325,905
Parker, John "Parker Pulverizer" Follower-Screw for Tobacco Presses September 2, 1884 304,552
Parsons, James A. Jr. Corrosion-Resisting Ferrous Alloy May 07, 1940 2,200,208
Iron Alloy September 17, 1929 1,728,360
Method of making Silicon Iron Compounds August 18, 1931 1,819,479
Process for treating Silicon Alloy Castings September 04, 1934 1,972,103
Pelham, Robert A. Pasting Apparatus December 19, 1905 807,685
Perry, John Jr. and Hunger, Herbert F. Biochemical Fuel Cell November 08, 1966 3,284,239

Perryman, Frank R.

Caterers' Tray Table February 2, 1892 468,038
Peterson, Charles A. Power Generating Apparatus July 09, 1968 3,391,903

Peterson, Henry

Attachment for Lawn Mowers April 30, 1889 402,189

Phelps, William H.

Apparatus for Washing Vehicles March 23, 1897 579,242

Pickering, John F.

Air Ship February 20, 1900 643,795

Bill Pickett becomes the first African American elected to the National Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame.  He is the cowboy that invented the bulldogging event famous in today's rodeos. Pickett performed as a bulldogger in Europe, Mexico, and the United States, where he was often assisted by two relatively unknown white cowboys, Tom Mix and Will Rogers.

Pickett, Henry

Improvement in Scaffolds June 30, 1874 152,511

Pinn, Traverse B.

File Holder August 17, 1880 231,355

Polk, Austin J.

Bicycle Support April 14, 1896 558,103
Pope, Jessie T. (with the aid of Eleanor Roosevelt) Croquignole Iron October 22, 1946 2,409,791
Porter, James H. Gas Well Sulfur removal by diffusion through polymeric membranes October 20, 1970 3,534,528
Prather, Alfred G. B. Gravity Escape Means January 25,
Prince, Frank R. Production of 2-pyrrolidones 3,637,743

Pugsley, Abraham

Blind Stop July 29, 1890 433,306
Pugsley, Samuel Gate Latch February 15, 1887 357,787

Purdy and Peters

Design for Spoons April 23, 1895   24,228

Purdy, John and Sadgwar, Daniel A.

Folding Chair June 11, 1889 405,117
Scott, R. P. Corn Silker 1894
Stewart, Thomas W. MOP 1893

Purdy, Walter

Device for Sharpening Edged Tools October 27, 1896 570,337
Device for Sharpening Edged Tools August 16, 1898 609,367
Device for Sharpening Edged Tools August 1, 1899 630,106
Purdy, William H. and Peters, Leonard C. Design for a Spoon April 23, 1895 D 24,228

Purvis, William B.

Bag Fastener April 25, 1882 256,856
Hand Stamp February 27, 1883 273,149
Paper Bag Machine February 12 1884 293,353
Fountain Pen January 7, 1890 419,065
Paper Bag Machine January 28, 1890 420,099
Electric Railway May 1, 1894 519,291
Magnetic Car Balancing Device May 21, 1895 539,542
  Electric Railway Switch August 17, 1897 588,176

Purvis also patented 10 paper machines between 1884 and 1894

Queen, William

Guard for Companion Ways and Hatches August 18, 1891 458,131

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Updated by K. Ferguson Kelly:  November 24, 2012