MG 060 - Drawbaugh Papers

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Scope and Content

Consists, primarily, of transcripts of court cases involving the American Bell Telephone Company and the People's Telephone Company from 1879 to 1896 with bound volumes of exhibits and the briefs and arguments presented by attorneys. Includes, also, a booklet from the U. S. Patent Office with Drawbaugh's testimony concerning the invention of a measuring faucet and a broadside advertising Drawbaugh's patent improved tram, 1867.


Daniel Drawbaugh b. 1827, d. 1911, was an inventor who lived in Eberly Mills, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and claimed to be the original inventor of the telephone, but because of his poor status was unable to patent his said invention or manufacture and introduce it upon the public. A U. S. Supreme Court ruling March, 1888 upheld Alexander Graham Bell's right to the patent and dismissed the challenge by Drawbaugh. Daniel Drawbaugh continued his work and invented more than one hundred other useful appliances and instruments for which he secured patents. He died at his home in Camp Hill in November, 1911. Among the inventions he was working on at the time of his death was a wireless telephone.

Date(s): 1867-1896

Extent: 2 boxes, 9 folders, 34 enclosures

Creator: Daniel Drawbaugh

Arrangement: Chronological order