1869, Thomas Edison Granted His First Patent
On this day June 01, 1869, American inventor and businessman Thomas Alva Edison granted his first patent for the Electric Vote Recorder (U.S. Patent 90,646).
Electric vote recorder for use by legislative bodies such as Congress. The Electric vote recorder, was intended to speed up the counting of votes in Congress. This permitted a “yes” or “no” vote via one of two switches.
The Washington congressmen were not interested in to the device, because of politicians often used a slow vote to delay or halt the progress of a new piece of legislation. Vote Recorder was rejected and Edison first invention was unsuccessful.
However, he end up with holding 1,093 US patents in his name, as well as patents in other countries. His famous inventions includes phonograph, the electric light bulb, the electric power industry, and motion pictures