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Hudson Maxim Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

HUDSON MAXIM
Born: February 3, 1853 in Southeast Piscataquis, Maine
Died: May 6, 1927 in Landing, New Jersey
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Hudson Maxim (1853-1927), 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 for torpedoes. These inventions greatly aided the Allied effort in World War I.   

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