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Thomas H. Savery patent papers

1887-1908
 Collection
Accession: 1160

Abstract

Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) was president of Pusey, Jones and Company, a ship builder and manufacturer of papermaking machinery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Copies of patents and correspondence relating to patents and royalties on inventions in papermaking, including the use of devices patented to others.

Dates

  • 1887-1908

Creator

Extent

24 item(s)

Biographical Note

Thomas H. Savery (1837-1910) was president of Pusey, Jones and Company, a ship builder and manufacturer of papermaking machinery in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Savery was born on May 31, 1837 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After attending the Friends Select School and the Westtown Boarding School in Chester County, he then became apprentice machinist at William Sellers & Company of Philadelphia. After finishing this apprenticeship he was employeed as a foreman in the shops of the Columbus, Piqua & Indiana Railroad. He then became superintendent in the Pennsylvania Railroad's Altoona shops.

In 1864 Savery became shop foreman for Pusey, Jones & Company, in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1874 when the company was on the verge of bankruptcy he was named general manager, chief operating officer, and vice president. He later became president.

During the 1880s and 1890s Savery became more interested in the production of paper and wood pulp. He patented several paperpmaking machines which were widely used, and Pusey & Jones became a leader in the industry.

With several associates Savery bought several properties on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in 1884, including the site of the famous armory. He first established paper mills on these sites and in the mid-1890s began building electric power generating facilities. He organized the Harpers Ferry Electric Light & Power Company.

In the 1890s, Savery invested in a new sulfite pulp mill and a paper mill near Denver, Colorado. Savery poured much of his own money into this venture, but it was unsuccessful. Around 1900, Savery helped to organize the York Haven Paper Company and the York Haven Water & Power Company on the Susquehana River. In his later years Savery held a number of corporate directorates. He was president of the Wilmington Savings Fund Society. He retired from Pusey & Jones in 1907 and died three years later.

Scope and Contents

Copies of patents and correspondence relating to patents and royalties for papermaking inventions, including the use of devices patented to others; information regarding Savery's Canadian patents; correspondence with papermaker Samuel Stoughton "S.S." Stevens (1829-1905) of North Hoosick, New York regarding his "digester process."

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Thomas Savery's patents for papermaking machine (Accession 776), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Thomas H. Savery patent papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400