Authentic Wisconsin.  Christopher Latham Sholes

Above: Christopher Latham Sholes – the inventor of the forst practical typewritter.

Christopher Latham Sholes - Publisher, printer, legislator and inventor; was born on February 14, 1819 in Mooresburg, Pennsylvania. Sholes was the inventor of the QWERTY keyboard and, along with Samuel W. Soule and Carlos Glidden, is credited with inventing the first practical typewriter in 1869.

Sholes moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1837, and later to Southport, Wisconsin (present-day Kenosha). He became a newspaper publisher and politician, serving in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1848 to 1849 as a Democrat, in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1852 to 1853 as a Free Soiler, and again in the Senate as a Republican from 1856 to 1857. Sholes was instrumental in the successful movement to abolish capital punishment in Wisconsin; his newspaper, The Kenosha Telegraph, reported on the trial of John McCaffary in 1851, and then in 1853 he led the campaign in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He was the younger brother of Charles Sholes (1816–1867), who was also a newspaper publisher and politician who served in both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature and as mayor of Kenosha.

Sholes lived in Wisconsin for over 50 years until his death in 1890.

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Christopher Latham Sholes
Inventor, politician, publisher and printer.

Christopher Latham Sholes.

Above: Christopher Latham Sholes– inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard.

 Photo of prototype of the first practical typewriter.

Above: Photo of prototype of the first practical typewriter invented by Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule between 1868 and 1873 in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin Historical Marker.

Above: Wisconsin Historical Marker #43 is located on the corner of 4th and State, on the grounds of the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena in downtown Milwaukee and identifies the site in which Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first practical typewriter, at a machine shop located. Photo by Copyright © 2005 Sulfur [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

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