Michael Joseph Owens

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Birthday
1, 1859
Birthplace
West Virginia
Death Date
Dec 27, 1923 (64)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
1, 1859
Birthplace
West Virginia
Death Date
Dec 27, 1923 (64)

About

West Virginia-born inventor who created a machine that could mass-produce glass bottles.

Before Fame

He dropped out of school when he was only ten years old and began working as an apprentice for J. H. Hobbs, Brockunier and Company, a popular Nineteenth-century glassmaking company.

Trivia

His Owens Bottle Machine Company, founded in 1903, contained machines that could manufacture 240 glass bottles per minute. His company merged with another glass manufacturer and was re-named the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1929.

Family Life

He was born in Mason County, West Virginia.

Associated With

He and fellow inventor, Elmer Ambrose, were both recipients of the Elliott Cresson Medal.