Frank McDowell Leavitt was born in Athens, Ohio back in 1856 to John and Bethia. I have no history as to his childhood or where he went to school. However, for this post that really doesn’t matter, so let’s get to it. In 1893, he married Gertrude Goodsell, settling in Brooklyn Heights, New York.
Within a decade of their marriage he had received some patents that made him a wealthy man. Frank devised one of the earliest machines for manufacturing tin cans. By 1904, he had turned his attention to weapons. He was working with the civilian contracting firm of E.W. Bliss Company when the United States Navy hired the company to design a new type of torpedo. The head of the company put Frank in charge of the design. What he later invented was the Bliss-Leavitt torpedo, the chief torpedo weapon used by the United States Navy in World War I.
He died at his home in Scarsdale, New York in 1928, he was 72.
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