Burroughs, William

Burroughs, William (Seward)

(1857–98) inventor; born in Rochester, N.Y. His work as a bank clerk led him to develop the first practical adding and listing machine. Exhausting his small capital of $300, he perfected such a machine and received a patent for it in 1888. He developed improved calculators during the 1890s. His Burroughs Adding Machine Company was the forerunner of the Burroughs Corporation, a computer manufacturer.
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