Christopher Latham Sholes

The Typewriter

Christopher Latham Sholes

Born: February 14, 1819 in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Died: February 17, 1890 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Nationality: American

Called the “Father of the Typewriter”.

Interesting facts - Sholes the inventor

Christopher Latham Sholes has been called the "Father of the Typewriter."

Although he did not invent it, he did develop the first practical commercial typewriting machine. The typewriter was invented by William Burt but Sholes made the first practical one of the public.Sholes also developed the Qwerty keyboard that is still in use today.

His ancestors included John and Priscilla Alden, the famous Pilgrims of Massachusetts. When he was 18, Sholes worked for his brothers who published a newspaper, the Wisconsin Democrat. Sholes started his own newspaper, Telegraph, when he was 21 years old. He invented a machine that would do typesetting for his newspaper.

He developed the QWERTY keyboard, still used today.


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