Richard Gatling

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Birthday
12, 1818
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
Feb 26, 1903 (84)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
12, 1818
Birthplace
North Carolina
Death Date
Feb 26, 1903 (84)

About

Most well known for creating an early machine gun known as the Gatling gun, this prolific 19th-century inventor is also remembered for his wheat drill, steam plow, and marine steam ram.

Before Fame

In his early twenties, unaware that John Ericsson had already patented an identical invention, Gatling invented a steamboat screw propeller.

Trivia

He graduated from the Ohio Medical College but decided against pursuing a career as a physician.

Family Life

He spent the first three decades of his life in Hertford County, North Carolina, and later lived and worked in St. Louis, Missouri and Indianapolis, Indiana. His marriage to Jemima Sanders began in 1854.

Associated With

He and John Browning both invented machine gun models.