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Biography of Ottmar Mergenthaler


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Mergenthaler, Ottmar. Inventor of the typesetting machine bearing his name. Was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, in 1854. Came to the United States in 1872, and received a government position in Washington to care for the mechanism of bells, clocks, and signal service apparatus. Became connected with a mechanical engineering firm in Baltimore, MD, in 1876. Subsequently, while still engaged with that company, he began experiments which resulted in the invention named. He died in Baltimore, MD, 1899.