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Miami Valley Inventors Historical Database

About the Database

Before there were the Wrights Brothers or Charles Kettering, there were the Ira Reynolds, the Whiteley family and John Balsley. During the nineteenth century, the Miami Valley was a leader in innovation. Ira Reynolds and his son would form Reynolds and Reynolds in the 1860s. The Whiteley family of inventors would create one of the largest industries in the Miami Valley. Their company would eventually become International Harvester. There was a legacy of innovation in the Miami Valley for the Wright Brothers and Charles Kettering to build on.

Use the database to discover invention and patent information for the Miami Valley region. Contained in the database are 1800+ patent documents and 4000 individual names, some with historical notes. If indicated on the patent document, assignment information and attorneys are also included in the record.

Viewing Patents

Enter a patent number at the USPTO website. To display the patent image you will need a TIFF viewer, such as AltnernaTiff (free), or use the Pat2Pdf website for pdf file versions.


Years: 1814-1875

Counties: Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren

Cities and Towns: Dayton, Springfield, Xenia, Piqua, Troy, Sidney, Tipp City, Bellefontaine, Greenville, Hamilton, Middletown, Urbana, Oxford, Yellow Springs and numerous smaller villages and localities.