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02/21/03

Cornerstones of Black History--Granville Woods

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Have you ever taken a ride on a train? One black inventor born in 1856 plays a major role in getting to your final destination safely. Granville Woods is known as the person most responsible for modernizing the railroad. He earned more than 35 patents.

His most important invention was the induction telegraph, known as the synchronous multiplex railway telegraph, which allowed trains to communicate to and from the railway stations. This significantly reduced the number of train accidents by keeping track of all the trains that were out of the station.

Thomas Edison contested the invention because he was working on a similar device. Woods eventually won in the courts. Edison continued to pursue the telegraph by offering Woods a lucrative partnership in one of his businesses, but Woods refused the offer because he wanted to remain independent.

Reported by: Dawn Baker, dbaker@wtoc.com

 

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