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IIntro AMany things changed because of the inventions of Lewis H Latimer IIBackground info ALatimer grew up in slavery 1Born in Chelsea Mass in Sept 1848 2Father arrested BSixteen year Lewis lied about his age to join navy 1Received honorable discharge and returned to Boston to look for work 2While working as an errand boy at a law firm he picked the skills as a draftsman CLatimer went on to work with two of the most important inventors of the time 1He assisted Alexander Graham Bell in drafting his blueprints for the telephone 2Went to work for Thomas Edison assisting him with electric lighting and filing the patents for it IIIObstacles and opportunities ASlavery 1Because of his fathers light skin he was able to pass as a plantation owner 2A slave named Dredd Scott could not be considered a free man even though he lived in a free state BInventing 1Latimer invented the lamp fixture the electric lamp and an apparatus for cooling and disinfecting 2Lewis worked with many great inventors CThe light bulb 1Edisons prototypical light bulb burnt out quick 2Latimer created a new light bulb that worked longer IVAchievements and accomplishments AInvented the water closet 1Invented the water closet in 1874 2The toilet was used on railroad cars BInvented other things 1Latimer invented many other things besides the light bulb with carbon filament and the water closet 2He also invented a forerunner of the air conditioner CWrote a book 1Not only was Latimer an inventor but he also wrote the first book on electric lighting 2This book was written in 1890 VConclusion A BLatimer died on December 11th 1928 CLewis left a remarkable legacy His name will be forever associated with the two most revolutionary inventions of all time the incandescent light bulb and the telephone DIn 1968 the Lewis H Latimer Public School in Brooklyn was named for him
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