Nathan Ames

Nathan Ames
Nathan Ames
Born November 17, 1826(1826-11-17)
Roxbury, New Hampshire
Died August 17, 1865(1865-08-17) (aged 38)
Saugus, Massachusetts
Nationality United States
Occupation Patent Solicitor
Known for "First" escalator patent, #25, 076, in United States

Nathan Ames (November 17, 1826 in Roxbury, New Hampshire – August 17, 1865 in Saugus, Massachusetts)[1] Educated at Phillips Academy, Andover, and Harvard, Ames was a patent solicitor who held the first patent in the United States for an escalator-like machine. The patent (#25,076) was granted on August 9, 1859 for an invention he called "Revolving Stairs". [2][3] The escalator had steps mounted on a continuous belt or chain. He also patented machines for improvement in polishing leather during the time when Lynn's shoemaking industry was one of the largest in the world. Another one of his patents was for a polygraph, an early copying machine that operated by using pens connected by wires.[4] Another patent he held was for an improved grater.[5]

A writer and a poet, Ames has a disquisition and a Class Ode published during his time at Harvard. His book of poetry Pirate’s Glen and Dungeon Rock was published in 1853. These poems were based the local pirate legend of Dungeon Rock.[6]

His brother Joseph was an American portrait artist.


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