Thaddeus Fairbanks

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Thaddeus Fairbanks was born in Brimfield, Massachusetts back in 1796. In 1815 he moved to St. Johnsbury, Vermont working in a wheelwright’s shop. In 1824 he married Lucy and in 1824 he built an iron foundry.

In 1830 he patented a hemp and flax dressing machine. In the meantime, he invented several types of heating and cooking stoves, cast iron plow and other items. He died in 1886 at 90 and is buried in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

Well now it’s time to come to the rest of the story. Can anyone tell me what he will go down in the history books for, that is before I tell you?   Well let’s see other than the inventions I have previously stated his most famous patent was that of the platform scale which allowed the weighing of large objects accurately. For prior to 1830 there was no way of weighing large loads of hemp accurately. Ever hear of the Fairbanks Scales if so now you know the person who invented them. He received 43 patents in his lifetime and the last one was at the tender age of 90 just before his death in 1886.

 

 

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Necessity is the mother of invention. This is the truest statement I know.

Jan 30, 2017 05:05 AM #1
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Gabe Sanders
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Good morning James.  It seems that Mr. Fairbanks had an excellent mind throughout his long life.

Jan 30, 2017 05:30 AM #2
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Good morning James Dray ,

43 patents in his life time is quite an achievement! He was one busy man inventing so many things for the world to use making life easier! Thanks for the history nugget this morning.

Jan 30, 2017 05:32 AM #3
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning James. At least I know about this guy! Coming closer! Enjoy your day!

Jan 30, 2017 05:35 AM #4
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Donald Urschalitz
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What a productive life he had. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 30, 2017 05:47 AM #5
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I haven't heard of the Fairbanks Scale but you have to admire a man who still is inventive at 90. That's a role model.

Jan 30, 2017 05:47 AM #6
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning again James. An interesting guy for sure. Work keeps you going.

Jan 30, 2017 05:48 AM #7
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Raymond E. Camp
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Good morning James,

An interesting life he had.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 30, 2017 06:11 AM #8
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Carol Williams
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Good morning James Dray 
Thanks for the lesson on the history of platform scales, James.  

Jan 30, 2017 07:42 AM #9
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James,

Very interesting on the subject of scale, ie the Fairbanks scale.  A

Jan 30, 2017 12:14 PM #10
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James- it's interesting that there are items we take for granted...someone had to invent them!

Jan 30, 2017 05:07 PM #11
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Hi James, I learned something here. Thank you for sharing the story of Thaddeus Fairbanks with us.

Jan 30, 2017 07:43 PM #12
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43 patents is indeed a legacy that lives on far beyond his lifetime and the family that bears his name.

Jan 31, 2017 04:02 AM #13
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Way to go, Thaddeus Fairbanks - 43 patents in a lifetime and the last one at age 90.  Wow!  Know I must Goggle and find out his birth month and day.  Some astrological signs are gifted inventors.

Jan 31, 2017 02:00 PM #14
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Thank you James for sharing these very interesting facts about  Mr.Thaddeus Fairbanks 

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share your post I hope you are having a great day and year so far!

Jan 16, 2018 07:08 PM #16
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