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 Charles Edgar Duryea

Charles Edgar Duryea

Birth
Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA
Death 28 Sep 1938 (aged 76)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section G, Lot 183, Grave 1
Memorial ID 19194 · View Source
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Inventor. Born in Canton, Illinois, he was an engineer and a pioneer in the automobile industry. With his brother Frank, he produced and road tested America's first gasoline powered car on September 20, 1893, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He also innovated the first a friction transmission, spray carburetor and low tension ignition. In 1895, in Chicago, he entered his vehicle in America’s first auto race and won. After the race, demand grew for his cars and he formed the Duryea Motor Wagon Company in 1896. His company became the first ever commercially produced vehicles and also the largest automobile factory in the United States, until manufacturing ceased in 1917. Duryea died at age 76 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1973, he was posthumously inducted into the Automotive Hall Fame.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 28 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19194
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Edgar Duryea (15 Dec 1861–28 Sep 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19194, citing Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .