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The selection critera we used for our list of Celebrity / Inventors required that the person be famous for something other than their inventions. The person must be widely recognized in society and command a high degree of public and media attention.
Samuel Clemens
(Mark Twain)
Famous: American humorist, satirist, writer, and lecturer.
Invention: Had three patents on inventions of his own. His most famous patented (US 140,245) invention was his self-pasting scrapbook, a book with adhesive already on the pages so that items could be pasted in by wetting the page to activate the adhesive. This scrapbook sold 25,000 copies, which he said "was well enough for a book that did not contain a single word that critics could praise or condemn."
Abraham Lincoln Famous: 16th President of the United States
Invention: Abraham Lincoln had a strong interest in new technology and is the only U.S. President to hold a patent. Lincoln received Patent # 6,469 for "A Device for Buoying Vessels Over Shoals" on May 22, 1849. The invention consists of a set of bellows attached to the hull of a ship just below the water line. On reaching a shallow place, the bellows are filled with air and the vessel, thus buoyed, is expected to float clear.
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