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Thomas L. Jennings

Born: 1791
Birthplace: New York, N.Y.

A tailor in New York City, Jennings is credited with being the first African American to hold a U.S. patent. The patent, which was issued in 1821, was for a dry-cleaning process.

Died: 1859

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