Who invented the typewriter?
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Other claimants to the title of 'Inventor of the Typewriter' can be found in France, Italy, Russia and other nations. However, it was Christopher Latham Sholes (pic 3), a printer from Milwaukee, who designed and built a machine that was to be produced as the Sholes & Glidden Type Writer by the Remington factory in Ilion, New York.
Sholes gave the world the word 'typewriter' as well as the 'qwerty' keyboard. Sholes' partners in his typewriter enterprise were Carlos Glidden (pic 4) and James Densmore (pic 5).
Other names involved with the development and marketing of the Sholes & Glidden typewriter were Remington and Yost, names that would earn their own place in typewriter history soon after the introduction of the S&G in 1874.
Picture 6 shows one of the earliest know samples of a typewritten letter. It is an 1869 letter by Sholes to Densmore, discussing several aspects of the machine he was working and writing on.