Sholes, Christopher

Sholes, Christopher (Latham)

(1819–90) printer, inventor; born in Mooresburg, Pa. He learned the printer's trade in Pennsylvania before migrating to Wisconsin, where he edited newspapers in Madison and Milwaukee. He designed and patented a typewriter in 1868 and sold the rights to the Remington Arms Company five years later. By 1876 Remington was manufacturing and marketing typewriters under its own name.
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