Christopher Latham Sholes

1819 - 1890

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Christopher Latham Sholes (February 14, 1819 – February 17, 1890) was an American inventor who invented the QWERTY keyboard, and, along with Samuel W. Soule, Carlos Glidden and John Pratt, has been contended to be one of the inventors of the first typewriter in the United States. He was also a newspaper publisher and Wisconsin politician. In his time, Sholes went by the names C. Latham Sholes, Latham Sholes, or C. L. Sholes, but never "Christopher Sholes" or "Christopher L. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Christopher Latham Sholes has received more than 587,484 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Christopher Latham Sholes is the 133rd most popular inventor (up from 160th in 2019), the 1,757th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,042nd in 2019) and the 34th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Christopher Latham Sholes ranks 133 out of 355Before him are Robert Stirling, John Ericsson, Mary Anderson, Richard Jordan Gatling, Heinrich Göbel, and Josef Ressel. After him are John Kay, Viktor Schauberger, Jethro Tull, Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, Georg Luger, and Fausto Veranzio.

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Among people born in 1819, Christopher Latham Sholes ranks 29Before him are Francis V, Duke of Modena, Allan Pinkerton, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Stanisław Moniuszko, Annibale de Gasparis, and Johan Jongkind. After him are Carolyne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Théodore Chassériau, Roger Fenton, Abner Doubleday, Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and Milan Obrenović II, Prince of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1890, Christopher Latham Sholes ranks 23Before him are Gottfried Keller, Antoine, Duke of Montpensier, Princess Zorka of Montenegro, Lorenz von Stein, Carl Bloch, and Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters. After him are Jyotirao Phule, Louis Le Prince, Archduke Johann Salvator of Austria, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, Vasile Alecsandri, and C. H. D. Buys Ballot.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Christopher Latham Sholes ranks 1,757 out of 15,968Before him are Katharine Graham (1917), Winsor McCay (1867), Roberts Blossom (1924), Richard Avedon (1923), Harold Garfinkel (1917), and Thomas Huckle Weller (1915). After him are Stacy Keach (1941), Julian Schnabel (1951), Paul Marcinkus (1922), Elmer Bernstein (1922), Joe Mantegna (1947), and Robert Reich (1946).

Among INVENTORS In United States

Among inventors born in United States, Christopher Latham Sholes ranks 34Before him are Bob Kahn (1938), Sequoyah (1770), Elisha Gray (1835), Lee de Forest (1873), Mary Anderson (1862), and Richard Jordan Gatling (1818). After him are Josiah Warren (1798), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Elias Howe (1819), Melvil Dewey (1851), Charles Martin Hall (1863), and J. Presper Eckert (1919).