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Nathan B. Stubblefield Collection Collection consists of correspondence, handwritten notes, drawings, photographs and patents associated with Nathan B. Stubblefield during the first quarter of the 20th Century.

Biographical Information: Nathan Bowman Stubblefield was an American inventor from Murray, Kentucky during the latter part of the 19th Century and early part of the 20th Century. He was born at Murray on November 22, 1860. In his youth he was tutored by a governess and later attended a boarding school in Farmington, Kentucky. He also was self-educated in the field science. He patented improvements for the telephone and developed plans for a lamp lighter, electric battery and a mobile radio telephone. He founded the Wireless Telephone Company of America and operated a school called the Nathan Stubblefield Industrial School at Murray. In his later years he became a paranoid disillusioned recluse who became separated from his family, penniless and resided in a small shack near Almo, Kentucky. Stubblefield starved to death on March 28, 1928. Some have claimed him to be the “Father of Broadcasting”.

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