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Born in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, 1799
Spent several years in England, where he was employed at the Adelaide Gallery of Practical Science, where he became acquainted with some of the great scientists and engineers of the day. While there, he produced a hand-driven dynamo, which he demonstrated for the first time at the British Association meeting at Cambridge in 1833. He produced brilliant electric sparks, decomposed water, produced an arc of electric lights between charcoal points, and gave eletric shocks.
He was responsible for a wide range of inventions before leaving London in 1837 for a post at the US Mint in Philadelphia.
Died in Washington, DC, 1873.
The above information is condensed from a 'Memoir of Joseph Saxton, 1799-1873', where much more information will be found.
1833 A very ingenious proposition for making use of the power of a horse, moving at his slow working pace, to communicate a high velocity to carriages upon a railway, through the medium of a new arrangement of pulleys and ropes, was invented by Joseph Saxton, of London, for which he obtained a patent, on the 20th June, 1833.