Linus Yale Jr.


Birthday April 4, 1821

Birth Sign Aries

Birthplace New York

DEATH DATE Dec 25, 1868 (47)

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Mechanical engineer who created the cylinder lock, the most commonly used type of lock for generations.

Before Fame

He was more interested in portraits than in locks until the age of 29.


He invented what he called the Infallible Bank Lock and named it after himself.

Family Life

His father was also a locksmith and an inventor.

Associated With

He and Samuel Morse both started out as aspiring painters.