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Collection Reference Number GLC06238
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1802 
Title Patent for Edward West's improvement, being a machine for cutting and heading nails
Date 6 July 1802
Author Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  
Additional authors Holmes, Andrew (fl. 1802) Lincoln, Levi (1749-1820) Madison, James (1751-1836) Sanders, Lewis (fl. 1802) West, Edward (fl. 1802)
Document Type Legal document; Government document
Content Description Signed by Thomas Jefferson as President. Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State and Levi Lincoln as Attorney General. West's written description of his invention is signed by Andrew Holmes and Lewis Sanders as witnesses. Contains a paper seal and faded white ribbon. Several unattached ribbon scraps accompany this document.
Subjects Patent  President  Science and Technology  Invention  Inventor  Building Construction  
People Holmes, Andrew (fl. 1802)  Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)  Lincoln, Levi (1749-1820)  Madison, James (1751-1836)  Sanders, Lewis (fl. 1802)  West, Edward (fl. 1802)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The Presidency; Science, Technology, Invention
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Edward West, a Lexington, Kentucky watchmaker and silversmith, also patented a steam engine and a gun lock. His nail-cutting and heading machine was the first of its kind, and West is said to have been paid $10,000 for what was, at the time, an important innovation.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859