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 Benjamin Talbot Babbitt

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Benjamin Talbot Babbitt

  • Birth 1 May 1809 Westmoreland, Oneida County, New York, USA
  • Death 20 Oct 1889 Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
  • Plot Highland Plot, Section 42/55
  • Memorial ID 6933515

Businessman, Inventor. His first business was a machine shop in Little Falls, New York, which succeeded in making a practical mowing machine, one of the first in the United States. He moved to New York City, New York, and manufactured baking soda by his own process, selling it in economical, convenient packages, and gaining control of the market. He later added the production of yeast, baking powder and a soap powder to the company products. His soap, one of the first nationally advertised products, was sold from brightly colored street cars (with musicians), which led to the phrase "get on the bandwagon." He was the first manufacturer to give free samples and offer tours of his factory as a tourist attraction. In 1922, author Sinclair Lewis used his name for the title character of his bestseller, about a vulgar and enthusiastic businessman. He held over one hundred patents, and is credited with first envisioning the utilization of the power of Niagara Falls.

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  • Originally Created by: Rich H.
  • Added: 16 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6933515
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin Talbot Babbitt (1 May 1809–20 Oct 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6933515, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .