Christopher Latham Sholes: Father Of The Typewriter

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Christopher Latham Sholes
“Father of the Typewriter” As you were typing a paper or email have you ever wondered why the keyboard was organized this way? Or even who invented the notion of the typewriter? Well Mr. Christopher Latham Sholes invented the typewriter and also the Qwerty keyboard which we use today. Christopher “freed the world from pen slavery” by developing the first working typewriter.
. Christopher Latham Sholes was born on February 14th, 1819 in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania. Growing up, his family consisted of his father and two brothers, Henry and Charles. His mother passed away when he was seven. Her cause of death was unspecified. After finishing school, he apprenticed as a printer along with his two brothers and as he was
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Numerous inventors contributed to the invention of the typewriter but Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first working model of the typewriter. The typewriter was also not his first invention. “Sholes would often spend time in C.F. Kleinsteuber’s machine shop…working with another printer, he developed a machine that consecutively numbered railway tickets and bank notes.” (“Sholes the Inventor”) While at C.F. Kleinsteuber’s Sholes met another inventor named Carlos Glidden. They both became friends and began working on their own “typing machine”. They worked long on this task and finally got the patent for their typewriter on July, 14th 1868. Throughout his entire life Sholes continued making improvements to the typewriter. Now on to the Qwerty keyboard which is actually called “Qwerty” because that is the first six letters on the keyboard. Many stories surround the invention of the keyboard, but one is that the keys kept jamming model after model. So each time Sholes moved the order of the keys around until the jams were eliminated. Sholes actually grew tired working on the typewriter and didn’t believe that it could be “manufactured and sold at a reasonable yet profitable price.” (“Christopher Sholes”) He sold the typewriter and all rights to it to E. Remington and Sons Company for $12,000. The “Sholes & Glidden Typewriter” was not a huge success but Sholes worked on

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