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Fascinating facts about Garrett Morgan inventor of the traffic light in 1923

Garrett Morgan
 
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Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877-1963), is best known for his invention of the automatic traffic signal. He also is the inventor of the gas mask, used by firemen in the early 1900s and by soldiers in World War I. Source: US Department of Transportation
Inventor: Garrett Augustus Morgan
Garrett Morgan photo courtesy African American Forum
Criteria: First to patent. Entrepreneur.
Birth: March 4, 1877 in Paris, Kentucky
Death: August 27, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality: American  

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