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Lewis Howard Latimer was born on September 4th, 1848 to George and Rebecca Latimer, in Chelsea Massachusetts . He was the youngest of 4 children. In 1857 his father disappeared out of fear of becoming a slave again.
In 1864 Lewis enlisted in the Navy. At the time he was 16 but he had to lie about his age to enlist. A few years later he was honorably discharged from the Navy and he returned home to help his mother.
After he returned home, Latimer took a position at a local law office. There he taught himself how to mechanically draw. He designed many of his own inventions, such as a railroad car bathroom and an Air Conditioning unit.
In 1873 Lewis Howard Latimer married Mary Wilson and they had two daughters. When Latimer had free time you could find him playing flute or writing poetry. He also taught mechanical drawing to immigrants in New York.
Latimer helped Alexander Graham Bell help draft the patent for the telephone. He also helped Thomas Edison promote his lightbulb design. Lewis worked as a patent consultant until 1922.
Lewis Howard Latimer died on December 11th , 1928 in Flushing Queens. His contributions to the electrical field will forever be remembered.
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