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 Elmer G. Kesling

Elmer G. Kesling

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 11 Mar 1961 (aged 79)
Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Burial Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 21389 · View Source
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Dentist and inventor. He is the one who moved the gearshift in a car from the floor to the column. He came up with this idea in the 1940's from a patient of his who was an amputee and had difficulty shifting gears with the gearshift on the floor. As a result, Kesling came up with the vacuum transmission which helped to move the gear shift to the column. This allowed the patient to shift gears with his stump rather than having to reach down on the floor with his left arm to shift gears. He sold the patent to General Motors for $275,000.00


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21389
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer G. Kesling (17 Nov 1881–11 Mar 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21389, citing Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, Stoddard County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .