Finding aid for the George Washington Patent Letter

Repository: Western Reserve Historical Society
Creator: Washington, George
Title: George Washington Patent Letter
Dates: 1794
Extent: 0.10 linear feet (1 folder)
Abstract: The George Washington patent letter may be the earliest patent issued in the United States for a self-propelled vehicle or "horseless carriage." Purchased by Frederick C. Crawford in 1951, research done at that time indicates that although this patent is listed in early patent indexes, the U.S. Patent Office has no copies of it, and no models or drawings of this invention were found. The patent certification of delivery, acceptance, and payment of application fees is signed "G. Washington by the President Edm. Randolph", with the seal of the United States affixed.
MS Number MS 4671
Location: vault
Language: The records are in English