Leffel, James

Leffel, James

(1806–66) inventor; born in Botetourt County, Va. Taken to Ohio as an infant, he grew up on the frontier and received only intermittent schooling. As a young man he designed, built, and operated a water-powered sawmill near Springfield, Ohio. Over the years he perfected several improved types of waterwheel. He also patented two types of cooking stoves and achieved local fame as a breeder of poultry.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.