Today in History: J.W. Reed Patents Dough Kneader and Roller

Today-in-HistoryLittle is known about Judy W. Reed, considered to be the first African American woman to receive a United States patent.

In January of 1884, Reed applied for a patent on her “Dough Kneader and Roller.” The application was for an improved design on existing dough kneaders.

On September 23, 1884, Reed received Patent No. 305,474 for her invention. There is no record of her life beyond this document.

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