October 27, 2006

12 Things Thomas Jefferson Invented

When he wasn’t busy drafting the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, or serving as President, Thomas Jefferson liked to invent things (and, frequently, improve upon other people’s inventions). He never took out a patent, owing to his belief that every invention should benefit all of society. Just a few of his numerous inventions (or innovations) include:

  1. dumbwaiters for wine bottles
  2. the Great Clock
  3. the hideaway bed
  4. macaroni and cheese, not to mention
  5. a macaroni extruding device
  6. the pedometer
  7. the plow moldboard of least resistance
  8. the polygraph (not a lie detector, but a copying machine)
  9. a revolving bookstand
  10. the spherical sundial
  11. an improved swivel chair
  12. the wheel cipher

You can learn more about many of these inventions at About.com and Jefferson’s Inventions.

6 Responses to “12 Things Thomas Jefferson Invented”

  1. Chad Wollerton said:

    Just to set the record straight, Jefferson really only invented the moldboard of least resistence for certain. It’s very possible that he invented the cylindrical wheel cipher, but that has not been established for certain. He also appears to have created the spherical sundial on his own, but earlier examples of it are known to have exisited in Europe. He was interested and played with some of the other items listed here. But there is no evidence whatsoever that Jefferson invented, thinkered with, or even employed a “hideaway bed” (though he did place many of the beds at Monticello and Poplar Forest in alcoves after seeing this done in Europe).

  2. george washington said:

    Thomas jefferson you are a hog of fame, give it back.

    ps. you are still my friend

  3. chelle said:

    OMG this is so cool and i am also doing a project on thomas jeffersons polygraph… can u help me…….:) 😛 😀 <3 chelle belly <3

  4. download free movies said:

    What?? Are these really true? Thomas Jefferson is really a genius! How come no one like him comes up with a new invention these days.. 🙁

  5. sj said:

    revolving bookstand,wow

  6. TOMMY JEFFY said:

    This guy is an idol for me… I really think he is a cool guy. (I’m talking about Thomas Jefferson just so we are clear.)