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Tyler, John, 1818-1896



  • Existence: 1818 - 1896

John Tyler was born in Claremont, New Hampshire on March 26, 1818. He learned the trade of millwright and became foreman of a shop in Barre, Vermont. In 1850, he moved to West Lebanon and set up his business of building mills. In 1855, he invented and obtained a patent for the "Iron Tyler Turbine Water Wheel," the first iron water wheel ever made. Tyler received nine patents for the improvement of the wheel which in time came into use on a national scale. Tyler also invented and received patents for a copper cylinder washer for washing paper stock, and back rests for turning lathes. He returned to Claremont in 1872 where he died in 1896.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

John Tyler patents

Identifier: MS-1384
Overview John Tyler (1818-1896), millwright and inventor. The collection contains patents related to water wheels, lathes, and rag washing machines. Includes two patens from his grandfather Benjamin Tyler, signed by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Adams.