Walter Hunt

1796 - 1859

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Walter Hunt (July 29, 1796 – June 8, 1859) was an American mechanic. He was born in Martinsburg, New York. Through the course of his work he became renowned for being a prolific inventor, notably of the lockstitch sewing machine (1833), safety pin (1849), a forerunner of the Winchester repeating rifle, a successful flax spinner, knife sharpener, streetcar bell, hard-coal-burning stove, artificial stone, street sweeping machinery, and the ice plough.Walter Hunt did not realize the significance of many of these when he invented them; today, many are widely used products. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Hunt has received more than 34,287 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Walter Hunt is the 261st most popular inventor (down from 254th in 2019), the 4,314th most popular biography from United States (down from 4,034th in 2019) and the 60th most popular American Inventor.

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Among inventors, Walter Hunt ranks 261 out of 355Before him are Wilson Greatbatch, Tivadar Puskás, Leonardo Torres y Quevedo, Clive Sinclair, Joseph-Armand Bombardier, and Max Valier. After him are Ralph Hartley, Arthur Wynne, Harry Ferguson, Raymond Damadian, John Wilkinson, and Lester Allan Pelton.

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Among people born in 1796, Walter Hunt ranks 35Before him are Johann Christian Poggendorff, François Mignet, William H. Prescott, Abdullah Abdul Kadir, Charles Cousin-Montauban, Comte de Palikao, and Anton Pann. After him are Georg, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg, George Catlin, Fernán Caballero, Manto Mavrogenous, Stefano Franscini, and Franz von Schober. Among people deceased in 1859, Walter Hunt ranks 38Before him are Nana Sahib, Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi, F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, William H. Prescott, William Cranch Bond, and Alfred Vail. After him are Joseph Ludwig Raabe, Thomas Horsfield, José de Madrazo y Agudo, Heinrich Zollinger, Thaddeus Bulgarin, and José Miguel de Velasco Franco.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Hunt ranks 4,314 out of 15,968Before him are Benny Carter (1907), John Mearsheimer (1947), Zelda Rubinstein (1933), James Drury (1934), John Henry Holland (1929), and Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1935). After him are Ruggiero Ricci (1918), David Geffen (1943), Bryce Dallas Howard (1981), Jeff Lindsay (1952), Mississippi John Hurt (1892), and Simon Bolivar Buckner (1823).

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Among inventors born in United States, Walter Hunt ranks 60Before him are L. L. Langstroth (1810), Frank Zamboni (1901), Alfred Vail (1807), Theodore Maiman (1927), Cyrus McCormick (1809), and Wilson Greatbatch (1919). After him are Ralph Hartley (1888), Raymond Damadian (1936), Lester Allan Pelton (1829), David Bushnell (1742), Jack Northrop (1895), and Robert Metcalfe (1946).