DID YOU KNOW THAT: An African-American Invented Clothes Dryer

Yes George T. Sampson, an African-American invented clothes dryer.

An early patent for a clothes dryer (U.S. patent #476,416) was received by George T. Sampson on June 7, 1892. George Samson also patented a sled propeller (U.S. patent #312,388) on February 17th, 1885.

George Samson wrote in his patent: “My invention relates to improvements in clothes-driers. The object of my invention is to suspend clothing in close relation to a stove by means of frames so constructed that they can be readily placed in proper position and put aside when not required for use.”