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Vincent Groby Apple
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Birth: Jan. 26, 1874
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 1932
Montgomery County
Ohio, USA

Vincent G. Apple was known as Dayton's most prolific inventor.

Born on a farm just outside of Miamisburg, Ohio on January 26, 1874, he was the oldest child and son of Martin F. and Mary H. (Groby) Apple. On Dec 24, 1896 Vincent married Bessie Dady in Dayton, Ohio and they had two daughters together; Edith and Mary. (Mary died in 1908 at the age of four)

Vincent founded his first company when he was 18 years old. It would later become the Dayton Electric and Manufacturing Company. He would go on and found two more companies, the Apple Electric Company and Apple Laboratories, all based in Dayton, Ohio. In 1902, he introduced what is thought to be the first electric self-starter for an automobile. In 1903, Apple built a magneto ignition system which was used by the Wright Brothers in their "Wright Flyer." He was a pioneer in automobile electric lighting systems, introducing his tungsten bulbs in 1907. He served as chairman of the SAE, Society of Automotive Engineers, Dayton Section, from 1923-1924. Vincent G. Apple received more than 350 patents during his lifetime. At the time of his death, he had another 130 applications pending at the Patent Office. He was also working on another 265 inventions when he died.

There is an informative bio on Vincent at: 
Family links: 
  Martin Franklin Apple (1853 - 1922)
  Mary Harriet Groby Apple (1857 - 1935)
  Bessie Beatrice Dady Apple (1874 - 1952)
  Edith D. Apple Darroch (1898 - 1984)*
  Mary B Apple (1904 - 1908)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Confirmed with Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio, that he is not buried with his wife, daughters, and son-in-law. He purchased their plots, but was not buried there.
Created by: Preserving the Past
Record added: May 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90945305

- Preserving the Past
 Added: May. 29, 2012

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