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Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison's competitors, and then supervised that firm's installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

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Lewis Howard Latimer (September 4, 1848 – December 11, 1928) was an African American inventor and draftsman. Creator of the carbon filament found in the light bulb.

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Lewis Latimer http://blackinventor.com/lewis-latimer/

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Lewis Howard Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on September 4, 1848, to parents who had fled slavery.

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6 African-American Inventors for Kids

6 African-American inventors for kids to learn about for Black History month, or whenever!

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Lewis Howard Latimer: The TRUE Inventor of the Electric Light! (1848–1928)

Lewis Howard Latimer Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story