Fuller, Frederick Lincoln
The Center for American History
The University of Texas at Austin
Sid Richardson Hall 2.101
1 University Station D1100
Austin, Texas 78712-0335
Frederick Lincoln Fuller, born April 11, 1861, in Norwich, Connecticut, was an inventor of cash registers and business machines. He founded the Union Cash Register Co. of Trenton, New Jersey, and in 1909 joined the National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio. In 1917 he joined Remington Arms Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut from which he retired in 1925. He left retirement in 1927 to join International Business Machines (IBM) at the request of Thomas Watson. There his major invention was the Bank Proofing Machine for expediting the flow and control of checks between banks. He was still employed by IBM when he died in 1943 in West Orange. Surviving him were a brother, Charles O. Fuller of Trenton, New Jersey, two nephews, Frederick O. Fuller of New Britain, Connecticut and William G. Fuller, the manager of Fort Worth Airport (ca. 1930), a niece, Gertrude Fuller Locke of Collingwood, New Jersey, and a nephew, Frederick L. Morrison of West Orange. The papers consist mainly of souvenir items from Fuller's career, including company brochures, albums, photographs of inventions and celebratory gatherings, and a few books. Several family letters and photographs are also included.