Granville T. Woods


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  • On April 23, 1856, Granville T. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio to two free African Americans,Martha J. Brown and Cyrus Woods.
  • Granville went to elementary school until he was ten, and he self-taught himself for the years after that.
  • In his early teens, Granville work as a railroad engineer and a steel mill engineer. In 1878 he was employed by Jackson & Pomeroy Railroad Company.
  • After the eight months that he worked for Jackson & Pomeroy, he left for Cincinnati, where he came up with his idea for the "inductor telegraph"
  • While he was in Cincinnati, he created his first company where he sold engineering appliances. In 1889, he got his first patent for the steam boiler furnace.
  • Later, he made more electrical patents and inventions, like the improved version of the telephone transmitter. Later, Alexander Graham Bell bought the invention, which gave Granville more time to work on other inventions.
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