Thomas Davenport

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Birthday
9, 1802
Birthplace
Willamstown, VT
Death Date
Jul 6, 1851 (48)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
9, 1802
Birthplace
Willamstown, VT
Death Date
Jul 6, 1851 (48)

About

Remembered for building the first direct current electric motor, this nineteenth-century blacksmith carried out electromagnetic work that would prove instrumental to the later development of electric streetcars.

Before Fame

He began his experimentation with electromagnets after touring New York's Penfield and Taft iron facility in 1833.

Trivia

He improved the wiring of an electromagnet by weaving in silk taken from the wedding dress worn by his wife.

Family Life

He grew up in Williamstown and Forest Dale, Vermont. His wife, Emily, was his electric motor co-inventor.

Associated With

Davenport's invention was greatly influenced by the electromagnetic work of scientist Joseph Henry.