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Timothy Alden invented the typesetting machine and received a patent in 1857 in New York City. His cousin and investor, Henry W. Alden, made further improvements on the machine after his death. The type was arranged in cells around the circumference of a horizontal wheel with 154 keys. As the wheel revolved, several receivers also started to rotate. The desired type was picked up and dropped in proper order in a line. The machine also returned the used characters to their proper place to be reused. The invention was of great assistance to newspaper and magazine publishers.
Timothy was the son of Martin Alden and Polly Kingman. He was born in Yarmouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts on 14 June 1819. 
↑ Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook). Ancestry.com. (Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011).
↑ Susan E. Roser. Mayflower Births and Deaths: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Volumes 1 & 2. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1992. Ancestry.com. (Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors).