Woman who invented the dishwasher

Josephine Garis Cochran was an American inventor who was the inventor of the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher, which she designed in the shed behind her home; she then constructed it engaging the assistance of mechanic George Butters, who became one of her first employees.

Born: March 8, 1839, Ashtabula County, OH

Died: August 3, 1913, Chicago, IL


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