Hiram Maxim

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Birthday
5, 1840
Birthplace
Sangerville, ME
Death Date
Nov 24, 1916 (76)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
5, 1840
Birthplace
Sangerville, ME
Death Date
Nov 24, 1916 (76)

About

Inventor of the rapid-firing machine gun that revolutionized warfare.

Before Fame

He worked at an engineering plant in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, making small inventions on the side.

Trivia

He invented the machine gun after a man at a Paris exhibition said, "If you wanted to make a lot of money, invent something that will enable these Europeans to cut each other's throats with greater facility." That was all the inspiration he needed.

Family Life

He married Jane Budden in 1867. One of their sons, Stevens Maxim, was an American radio pioneer.

Associated With

He and Samuel Colt both contributed iconic firearms to history.