Brandon, VT......birthplace of the electric motor.

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Thomas Davenport Festival-Honoring Vermont’s
greatest inventor

Did you know the origins of the electric revolution goes all the way back to the early 1800's in the little town of Brandon/Forest Dale, Vermont? Brandon is about 5 miles from our cabin, we go there almost daily.

Working from his blacksmith shop here in 1834, Thomas Davenport and his wife Emily invented the first electric motor, America’s first electric vehicle, a demonstration train running on a circular track, and, in 1840, America’s first electric printing press.
He was awarded the first US patent for an electric motor in 1837 and the patent model is on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
Clearly, Thomas Davenport was Vermont’s greatest inventor and the reason Brandon is recognized as the birthplace of the electric motor.

To honor the 220th anniversary of his birth, the Town of Brandon will hold the first Davenport Electric Festival on Saturday, July 9th. On display will be a wide range of electric vehicles, including cars, buses, e-bikes, yard equipment and more.

The event will take place from 11AM to 6PM at Brandon’s Estabrook Park and UVM Professor David Hammond will demonstrate a working model of the first electric motor at noon.
 

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Cool deal...

Nicola Tesla IIRC had something to do with converting DC to AC motors
that was a lot later thou

never heard of that guy or that place

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Make sure you show up in car that’s running extremely rich. Lol!!
 

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Where did he get the electricity from?
 

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Some inventions are so ahead of their time that no one appreciates them until long after their inventors’ lives have ended. I tried yesterday to reinvent the grill cheese sandwich and screwed that up. I can't imagine a battery-powered electric motor in the 1830's.
 

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I guess it depends on the definition of 'electric motor'. Benjamin Franklin experimented with electrostatic motors in the 1740s, while Faraday came up with the first rotary motion electric device in 1821. Ányos Jedlik (Hungary) in 1827 showed his electric rotation machine that had all the parts of a modern electric motor, but without magnets as it relied on magnetic fields produced by the electric current.

Gotta admire all those early inventors though, they weren't just improving on something but developing an unknown item from scratch.
 

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I guess it depends on the definition of 'electric motor'. Benjamin Franklin experimented with electrostatic motors in the 1740s, while Faraday came up with the first rotary motion electric device in 1821. Ányos Jedlik (Hungary) in 1827 showed his electric rotation machine that had all the parts of a modern electric motor, but without magnets as it relied on magnetic fields produced by the electric current.

Gotta admire all those early inventors though, they weren't just improving on something but developing an unknown item from scratch.


We’ll aren’t you a know it all today!


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