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Samuel Raymond Scottron

Birthdate: (65)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: October 14, 1908 (65)
New York, Kings, New York, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel J. Scottron and Jane M. Scottron
Husband of Anna Maria Scottron
Father of Oscar A. Scottron; Rowena M. Scottron; Anna Scottron; Cyrus L Scottron and Alice Accooe
Brother of Melissa E. Scottron; James M. Scottron; Jane E. Scottron; Cordelia R. Scottron; Thomas C. Scottron and 2 others

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About Samuel Raymond Scottron

Samuel Raymond Scottron was a prominent African-American inventor from Brooklyn, N.Y. who began his career as a barber. He was born in Philadelphia in 1841. He received his engineering degree from Cooper Union in 1878.

He was a community leader in New York, setting up organizations to promote racial harmony and fairness, as well as a public speaker and writer on race relations. He was a member of the Brooklyn board of education, and a leader in the Republican Party. He fought for the end of slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico.

He invented a special mirror bracket which allowed you to see your self as others see you. He went on to receive 4 more patents.

Here are his inventions and patent numbers.

   * 1880-02-17, #224,732, Adjustable window cornice
   * 1883-01-16, #270,851, Cornice
   * 1886-09-21, #349,525, Pole tip
   * 1892-08-30, #481,720, Curtain rod
   * 1893-09-12, #505,008, Supporting bracket

His grandson, Charles Scottron, played for the Smart Set Athletic Club basketball team, one of the Black Fives teams, which were basketball leagues in the period between 1900 and 1940, when racial segregation was institutionalized, in which African-American players in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Pittsburgh, and later other cities, engaged in community-based and inter-city leagues and rivalries.

Scottron's granddaughter, actress Edna Louise( Scottron) Horne, was the mother of noted singer Lena Horne.

Samuel Scottron moved with his family to New York City when he was a child, where he completed grammar school. During the American Civil War,** he was the sutler for the 3rd United States Colored Infantry and almost went bankrupt. To recoup his fortunes, he first operated grocery stores in Fernandina and Jacksonville, Florida, and then a barber shop in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was there that he developed and patented his first invention, the adjustable window cornice. Moving to Brooklyn, New York, he worked as a traveling salesman for an import-export business located in lower Manhattan while continuing to patent his inventions and, by the late 1880s, was able to support himself and his family by manufacturing the products derived from his patents. His company, the Scottron Manufacturing Company, was located at 98 Monroe Street in Brooklyn.

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Samuel Raymond Scottron's Timeline

1843
February 1843
Philadelphia, PA, USA
1862
December 1862
Age 19
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
1865
September 1865
Age 22
Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA
1871
April 1871
Age 28
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
1875
December 1875
Age 32
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
1888
1888
Age 44
Massachusetts, United States
1908
October 14, 1908
Age 65
New York, Kings, New York, United States