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"1st U. S. Patent Granted to a Woman"

Mary Kies (1752-1837)
Mary received the first patent granted to a woman in the United States in 1809. Prior to 1790 only men could receive patents in the United States. Mary invented a new technique for weaving straw with silk and thread to make hats. First lady Dolly Madison sent her a personalized letter praising her for boosting the nations had industry.

mixed media, 10" by 9" 


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