Joseph Saxton, US inventor

Joseph Saxton, US inventor

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Caption: Joseph Saxton (1799-1873), US inventor. Saxton worked in Philadelphia from 1817, where his inventions included a machine to help make marine chronometer wheels, and a mechanism for pendulum clocks. From 1828, he spent nine years in London with the Adelaide Gallery of Practical Science, building and exhibiting scientific machines. In 1837, he returned to the USA and worked for the US Mint in Philadelphia, building and maintaining their standard weighing apparatus. From 1843, he worked for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in Washington DC. He was employed there as Superintendent of Weights and Measures until his death thirty years later.

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