Dorr Eugene Felt

Dorr Eugene Felt

Rock County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 7 Aug 1930 (aged 68)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 35734738 · View Source
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Dorr Eugene Felt (1862–1930) was an American machinist who was known for having invented the Comptometer, an early computing device, and Comptograph, the first printing adding machine. He was born in Rock County, Wisconsin and grew up on the family farm there.

Felt began as a foreman for the Pullman Company and later went on to have several other failed businesses prior to creating the first comptometer from a macaroni box and several other implements. Felt brought his idea to Chicago businessman Robert Tarrant. In 1887, the two formed Felt & Tarrant Manufacturing Company. Felt later went on to invent more devices and acquired 46 domestic patents and 25 foreign ones.

He died in 1930 of a stroke. He made his homes in Chicago and in Laketown Township, Michigan, where the Felt Mansion is a well-known historic site. He was married to Anges McNulty in 1891 and the couple had four daughters together.

Felt Biographies:

* W.W. Johnson, "Scars on My Hands: The Life of Dorr Eugene Felt, Inventor and Industrialist," (unpublished), Schmidt Collection, Mathematics, NMAH.

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  • Maintained by: Kathy W. Johnson
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 35734738
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dorr Eugene Felt (18 Mar 1862–7 Aug 1930), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35734738, citing Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Kathy W. Johnson (contributor 47014093) .