Christopher Latham Sholes, developer of the typewriter, circa 1885.
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Black and white, head and shoulders, image.

Credit: Image donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Born in Mooresburg, Pa., Christopher Sholes apprenticed to a printer in nearby Danville before moving to Wisconsin, where he published a newspaper and served in the Wisconsin State Senate and State Assembly. In 1868 Sholes filed a patent for the first typewriter, which he sold in 1872 to the Remington Arms Company.

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