Henry Blair Biography (c. 1804-1860)



Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
inventor

Little is known of the life of Henry Blair, except that he was probably a free farmer of Montgomery County, Maryland. He was one of the first African-Americans to receive a patent. His invention, a corn-planting machine, was able to seed corn in a checkerboard fashion, a system which provided good weed control. Two years later, he designed a similar device suitable for planting cotton .



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