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Hiram was born in Sangerville, Maine back in 1840. He was a coachbuilder by the time he turned 14 and worked at that profession for 10 years. He moved to Fitchburg, Massachusetts where he worked at a machine shop and later as an instrument-maker.

His brother was named Hudson (hint-hint) which became a strained relationship because of a patent dispute between the two brothers. Hiram followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a mechanical engineer. He founded the American radio Relay League. He designed several things which of course is the rest of the story.

In 1881 he arrived in England to reorganize the London offices of the US Electric Lighting Company. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour and a member of the London Chamber of Commerce, a member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the British Empire League and of the Royal Society of Arts. He died in 1916. Now you may be asking yourself who the heck is Hiram. Well does the name Hiram Maxim ring a bell? If not that’s okay for here are some of his inventions: a pocket menthol inhaler, a curling iron for demagnetizing watches, magno-electric machine to help prevent ships rolling, eyelet and riveting machines, aircraft artillery among the few. However, he is most noted for being the inventor of the Maxim Gun, the first portable fully automatic machine gun. He held several patents on devices such as a mousetrap, hair-curling irons and steam pumps. Have a great week, got to go, until tomorrow stay safe

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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - So now I know who to credit when I use the phrase "we need to build a better mousetrap" !!  

Dec 09, 2016 05:09 AM #1
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Wow innovation back then was amazing. Thanks for sharing today

Dec 09, 2016 05:10 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Even with the hint I was wrong!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 09, 2016 05:13 AM #3
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Hiram was an industrious inventor! It's amazing to think of all the items he invented!

Dec 09, 2016 05:23 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


When I see machine guns I am always on edge, especially when I think of the destruction they can create..Have a great weekend. A

Dec 09, 2016 06:16 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about how young these people started doing great things, sounds like a good man!

Dec 09, 2016 06:18 AM #6
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, I had a feeling your subject of the day, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim, was an Aquarian zodiac sign because of his numerous inventions. I googled and yes, this American-born British inventor was born on the 5th of FEBRUARY.   Aquarians are noted for not only being genius inventors, they also make great humanitarians and politicians - (i.e.)  Washington and  Lincoln.

Dec 09, 2016 10:24 AM #7
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Another interesting historic read, as always. He was quite the inventor!


Dec 09, 2016 04:50 PM #8
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

What a great person he was James Dray  .....we need more of him today!

Have a great weekend and go play GOLF!

Dec 09, 2016 05:36 PM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

This guy was a geek before they invented that term and he had a very active mind.

Dec 10, 2016 04:31 AM #10
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  Sure looks like Hiram was a busy boy during his productive life.

Dec 10, 2016 04:55 AM #11
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