TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GARRETT AUGUSTUS MORGAN, SR. (1877)

Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (1877)

Born into poverty and having had little formal education, Morgan nevertheless became a successful inventor and entrepreneur. In 1914, he patented his “breathing device,” a hood that allows one to breathe safely in the presence of smoke, gas, and other pollutants. He worked hard to market it, especially to fire departments, and often demonstrated its reliability, most famously using it to rescue several men from an Ohio tunnel accident in 1916. What did he invent after he had gone nearly blind? More… Discuss

 

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