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Walter Hunt

Inventor Walter Hunt

Profession: Inventor

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Mechanic and independent inventor Walter Hunt secured a place in American history when he invented the useful, everyday device known as the safety pin in 1849

Born: July 29, 1796
Birthplace: Martinsburg, New York, United States
Star Sign: Leo

Died: June 8, 1859 (aged 62)

Events in the Life of Walter Hunt

  • 1849-04-10 Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC); sold rights for $400
  • 1854-07-25 Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar

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