Lewis, Benjamin B.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Winterthur, DE 19735
7 folders (16 items)
Benjamin B. Lewis was the inventor of a calendar clock. He was born in Athens, New York, ca. 1819, and died in Bristol, Connecticut, in May 1890. He had gone to sea in his younger days, and became captain of a trading vessel. Not being fond of the sea, however, he settled in Huron, Ohio, around 1844, and went into the drug and jewelry business. He tinkered with things, and invented a calendar device which could be used in clocks. In 1859, Lewis moved to Connecticut, first to Forestville and then to Bristol, in order to be closer to clock making businesses. Lewis married a Miss Hutchins in 1845. They had a son named Charles S., who was also an inventor, and a daughter who married G. C. Thomas of Brooklyn, New York. Lewis’ invention brought him enough money to provide very well for his family. Papers relating to the B. B. Lewis’ Patent Perpetual Calendar Clock, 1861-1980 (bulk, 1861-1884). Items include an illustrated advertising pamphlet with pictures of several styles of clocks, assignments of patents, copies of patents issued to Charles S. Lewis and others, papers relating to a case brought against B. B. Lewis for infringement of patent, a blank copy of an 1865 income tax form, and an issue of The Timepiece Journal which reproduces an obituary of Lewis.