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BENJAMIN MONTGOMERY


Once the slave of Joseph Davis, brother of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. Benjamin Montgomery was multi-talented, and served as general manager and mechanic of his master’s plantation. He had access to his owner’s library, and bettered himself by obtaining a small private library of his own. He learned to draw up architectural plans and survey land, and also planned the construction and maintenance of various levees for flood protection. During the late 1850’s, he invented a steamboat propeller designed to cut through shallow water at an angle, making a much more efficient use of power than other propellers. Both Joseph and Jefferson Davis promptly attempted to patent his invention, but were denied because the attorney general concluded that only citizens could apply for Letters Patent, and slaves were not citizens. At the end of the Civil War, a free Benjamin Montgomery applied for and was granted a patent on his invention.

For more information on Benjamin Montgomery, purchase the SHADES OF GREATNESS™ 2003 CALENDAR. All former calendars have the option of being updated to the current calendar year.





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