John H. Balsley was born in Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania back in 1823 to George and Sarah. His father was a carpenter by trade, so it was only right that he followed in his father’s footsteps, which of course he did.
In the borough of Connellsville in 1825, a new borough office was created: Keeper of Ladders. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know. In any respect that title does not appear after 1831, due to a gap in records from 1835-1856.
Anyway, back to my story for today. Although stepladders had been in use for many years what he did was to replace the round rungs with flat steps. He also invented a practical folding wooden stepladder. He received the first U.S. patent issued for a safety stepladder. He also invented the first adjustable table leg.
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