But Wait There’s More…
On this day in 1892, Charles Brady King, an American engineer and entrepreneur, invents the pneumatic hammer. [image above is the 1893 Chicago Exhibition exhibit diploma for King’s hammer invention]
But wait, there’s more…
King was the first to build and drive an automobile in Detroit. Henry Ford was following that day, literally . . . on his bicycle.
He was mentor to Henry Ford and Ransom Olds, and eventually started his own auto company, the King Motor Co, which was ultimately absorbed by Studebaker.
In fact, at the New York Auto Show in 1912, the King automobile was the only one to feature left-hand steering, which soon became the industry standard. At that time, he already had more than 40 automotive patents to his credit.
King’s famous quote in the Detroit Journal, “I am convinced that in time, the horseless carriage will supersede the horse”, was poo pooed by that generation.