Biography: Invented the hand cranked Gatling gun, considered to be the first successful machine gun in history.
Born: September 12, 1818
Birthplace: Hertford County, North Carolina, USA
Star Sign: Virgo
Died: February 26, 1903 (aged 84)
- 1862-11-04 American inventor Richard Jordan Gatling patents the hand cranked Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis
Quotes by Richard Jordan Gatling
- "It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine gun which could by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a large extent supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently, exposure to battle and disease would be greatly diminished." - War, Weapons