E. J. Pennington
1858 – 1911
Who was E. J. Pennington?
Edward Joel Pennington was an inventor and promoter of many mechanical devices, including airships, motorcycles, and automobiles. In addition to motor vehicles, he applied for and received patents for stirling engines, ignition systems, planing machines, and pulleys.
He often promoted his inventions with grandiose and often spurious claims, which would become a hallmark of his entrepreneurial schemes. Frequently he collected financial backing for his business ventures, but rarely did his investors ever collect any dividends from his projects. He was regarded by many as a fraud on account of his unproven claims and business practices, yet he never spent any time in prison as a result of these accusations.
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