Lewis Temple

Lewis Temple (HMDR)

Location: New Bedford, MA 02740 Bristol County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 38.097', W 70° 55.624'

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— Inventor of the Iron Toggle Harpoon Tip —

Born in Richmond, Virginia, in 1800, Lewis Temple established himself as a blacksmith on the New Bedford waterfront by 1836.

Temple manufactured his first toggle-iron in 1848. Its fastening power revolutionized the catching of whales. The invention was never patented, therefore the only royalty was the name that clung to it.

He died in New Bedford in 1854. Millions were made in the whaling industry because of Temple's toggles. After business debts were cleared, there was no legacy left for his family.
Year Placed1987
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Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 12:27am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 339492 N 4611040
Decimal Degrees41.63495000, -70.92706667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 38.097', W 70° 55.624'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 38' 5.82" N, 70° 55' 37.44" W
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Area Code(s)508, 774
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 587-601 Pleasant St, New Bedford MA 02740, US
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