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Who invented the first electric iron?

Get the story behind who invented the first electric iron.

The first electric iron invented in America lost heat too quickly to prove practical. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]
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The first electric iron invented in America lost heat too quickly to prove practical.

The electric clothes iron was first invented in France in 1880. On June 6, 1882, Henry W. Seely of New York City received a patent on one which proved impractical, requiring too much reheating. In 1896, heavy electric irons with replaceable heating units were unsuccessfully sold by the Ward Leonard Electric Company.

In 1903, Earl H. Richardson devised a small lightweight iron heated by a glowing wire wrapped around a brass core. He later reworked the design so that more heat was directed to the point, facilitating the smoothing of buttonholes and pleats. This iron became so popular that Richardson renamed his company "Hotpoint."

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