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Full name : Christopher Latham Sholes
Alias : Christopher Latham Sholes
Gender : Men
Country : American
Birthday : 14-02-1819
Address : Mooresburg, Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States
Animals : The Rabbit
Zodiac : Aquarius
Died : 17-02-1890
Father : Orrin Sholes
Mother : Catherine Sholes
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Wife : Mary Jane McKinney
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Activists : Inventors & Discoverers

Christopher Latham Sholes was an American inventor. He is known as the "Father of the Typewriter" as he invented the QWERTY keyboard. Though he was not the first inventor of a device that aided in impressing letters mechanically on papers, as such inventions dated back as early as 1714 by Henry Mill followed by others, Sholes is considered to have developed the first practical and commercially successful typewriter. However he is often pitted with other inventors namely Carlos Glidden, Samuel W. Soulé, John Pratt and Frank Haven Hall as one of the inventors of this revolutionary device that brought evolutionary change in the world of printing letters. The way he arranged the mechanical bars containing alphabets or letters in a keyboard was called ‘QWERTY’. The first six keys placed in the upper left side of the keyboard arranged by him in that order i.e. Q, W, E, R, T, Y, are maintained as a standard practice till present not only for typewriters but also for many other modernized devices including personal computers, word processors, mobiles and other gadgets. A patent for a page-numbering machine was granted to him and Samuel W. Soulé in 1866 and that of a typewriter to him, Soulé and Carlos Glidden in June 1868. He later sold his patent rights to ‘E. Remington and Sons Company’ (presently ‘Remington Arms Company’) who eventually developed and marketed the ‘Remington Typewriter’ that soon captured a large market worldwide. He was also a publisher, politician and philosopher. He remained editor of ‘Wisconsin Enquirer’, ‘Milwaukee News’ and ‘Milwaukee Sentinel’. He served the state legislature and was inducted as Collector of Customs of the port of Milwaukee by President Abraham Lincoln.

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