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Gabelsberger, Franz (1789-1849), born at Munich, was the inventor of a system of shorthand much used in Germany and German-speaking countries. He was a secretary in the Bavarian Civil Service, and invented his system for his own private use, and then used it in Parliamentary reporting. His method was to use, as far as possible, symbols closely approaching German forms of letters. He published an account and description of his system.