HUDSON MAXIM - AUTOGRAPH 05/28/1904 CO-SIGNED BY: THOMAS W. HIGGINSON - HFSID 217959
Sale Price $324.00
HUDSON MAXIM and THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON
Hudson Maxim signs a card to a collector on May 28, 1904.
Signature: "Compliments/Hudson Maxim/New York/May 28 1904", and on verso "For Mrs. Mary L. Kearney/Thomas Wentworth Higginson/Cambridge, Mass./Jan. 31, 1905", 4½x3 card. HUDSON MAXIM began his career in armaments and explosives in his brother Hiram's gun factory in New England. In 1888, he began developing new explosives and by 1890. Maxim invented a new smokeless powder. He helped his brother found a dynamite and powder factory in New Jersey that year: the following year, they parted company. In 1892, he began his own munitions factory in New Jersey, the heart of the United States' manufacturing at that time, where he developed a smokeless cannon powder. Maxim sold his company to E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company in 1897: however, he remained as a consulting engineer. Later accomplishments include shock resistant torpedoes, delayed-action fuses and a propulsion substance fro torpedoes. These inventions greatly aided the Allied effort in World War I. Machine guns manufactured by his brother changed the weaponry of warfare for all time. Former Unitarian Minister THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON was a colonel in the first Negro regiment in the Union Army from 1862-1864. He wrote about his experiences in Army Life in a Black Regiment (1870). Also an advocate of women's rights, in 1855 Reverend Higginson presided over the marriage of Henry B. Blackwell and suffragist Lucy Stone. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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