Miller, Florence Shankland.
Title TWO 19TH CENTURY PATENTS GRANTED TO A WOMAN, ONE SIGNED BY A FORMER UNION GENERAL.
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Early patents for new and useful improvements to a mechanical dishwasher. Though the U.S. awarded the first patent in 1790, the first awarded to a woman was not granted until 1808. Florence Shankland Miller of Hoopeston, IL was granted United States Patent Number 414,562 on November 5, 1889 and Number 455,988 on July 14, 1891 for inventing new and useful improvements to mechanical dishwashers. Interestingly, one of the two patents is signed by Union General Cyrus Bussey (1833-1915), who, in 1889, was Assistant Secretary of the Interior. During the Seige of Vicksburg, Bussey served as chief of Calvary for Grant's army. 8Ó x 12Ó. 4 pages each. Orange seal affixed with blue silk ribbon on first page. Patent includes specifications and diagram of the inventions. Some minor toning. Else Very Good.