John T. Thompson

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Birthday
31, 1860
Birthplace
Newport, KY
Death Date
Jun 21, 1940 (79)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
31, 1860
Birthplace
Newport, KY
Death Date
Jun 21, 1940 (79)

About

Inventor of the eponymous submachine gun that came into wide use around World War II.

Before Fame

He saw firsthand the deadly effectiveness of machine guns in World War I, and he began experimenting with small-arms rapid-fire weapons, eventually creating an early prototype with a Navy officer.

Trivia

His weapon proved useful in Mafia reckonings around Prohibition-era Chicago, leading to its nicknames the Chicago Piano and Chicago Typerwriter.

Family Life

He was born in Newport, Kentucky, the son of Lt. Col. James Thompson.

Associated With

He and Hiram Maxim, inventor of the famous machine gun, both designed weapons that would revolutionize close combat.