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Celebrating Black History: Lewis Latimer, inventor and draftsman

Published: Feb. 4, 2021 at 12:50 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Lewis Latimer was an American inventor credited with helping to patent the lightbulb and telephone.

After his parents fled slavery, Latimer served in the military before finding an entry-level position at a patent law office.

He would go on to work with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, serving an integral role in obtaining patents for the lightbulb and telephone.

Latimer wrote the first book on electrical lighting.

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