Charles Goodyear

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Birthday
29, 1800
Birthplace
New Haven, CT
Death Date
Jul 1, 1860 (59)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
29, 1800
Birthplace
New Haven, CT
Death Date
Jul 1, 1860 (59)

About

Invented a way to vulcanize rubber in 1839, which he developed on an ongoing basis through 1844 when he finally patented the idea.

Before Fame

He owned and operated a hardware store in Philadelphia.

Trivia

His discovery of vulcanized rubber was the result of an accident. It was discovered that the Mesoamericans used a similar process around 1600 B.C.

Family Life

He married Clarissa Beecher in August 1824.

Associated With

His work garnered him a letter of commendation from Andrew Jackson.