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Hiram Maxim (1840 - 1916)

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Hiram Maxim
Born in Sangerville, Piscataquis, Maine, USAmap
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Died in London, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 24 May 2011
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Hiram Maxim was born on the edge of the Maine north woods in the town of Sangerville, with a 21st century population virtually unchanged from when he was born in 1840. He became an apprentice carriage-maker at the age of 14, and during the American civil war began working at his uncle Levi Stephens' machine shop in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Hiram first visited England in 1881 to reorganise the London offices of the US Electric Lighting Company. He traveled back and forth across the Atlantic spending an increasing percentage of his time in England finally becoming a naturalised British subject in 1900.

Hiram is credited with many inventions, and was involved in patent disputes with many more, alienating many noted inventors of the time including Thomas Edison, and his own brother, Hudson Maxim. He is best known as the inventor of the modern infantry machine gun, originally known as the Maxim gun. When he was later accused of medical quackery while promoting his invention of a steam inhaler using pine oil to alleviate symptoms of asthma and hay fever, he commented: It will be seen that it is a very creditable thing to invent a killing machine, and nothing less than a disgrace to invent an apparatus to prevent human suffering.[1]


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On 2 Mar 2016 at 17:09 GMT Dale Byers wrote:

Hiram Stevens Maxim had a son Hiram Percy Maxim, Maxim-105. I could not link the profile to the father because you have the privacy set to green. It would help the community if you could link these profiles for us.

Hiram is 27 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 17 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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