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Richard J. Gatling Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

RICHARD J. GATLING
Born: September 12, 1818 in Hertford County, North Carolina
Died: February 26, 1903 in New York City, New York
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By the 1850s, Richard J. Gatling (1818-1903) had become wealthy from agricultural inventions such as machines for sowing rice and wheat. He is best known for inventing the rapid-fire Gatling gun, the first practical machine gun, patented in 1862, the year The Gatling Gun Company was founded in Indianapolis. The Gatling Gun Company moved to Hartford in 1874 when he struck a deal with the Colt Patent and Firearms Company of Hartford to manufacture the device, by then in great demand by the U.S. Navy and Army for various purposes. Gatling moved to Hartford with his family that year, and stayed until his company was officially merged with Colt in 1897, at which time he moved to New York City.

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