Richard Jordan Gatling (September 12, 1818 - February 26, 1903) was an American inventor. While being most known for inventing the Gatling Gun, Gatling invented and patented a number of other inventions. His inventions include a screw propeller and a wheat drill (a planting device) in 1839, a hemp break machine in 1850, a steam plow (steam tractor) in 1857, the Gatling Gun in 1861, a marine steam ram in 1862, and a motor driven plow (tractor). Gatling invented the Gatling gun after he noticed that a majority of the soldiers fighting in the Civil War were lost to disease rather than gunshots. The gun was based on Gatling's seed planter. A working prototype was developed in 1861. Though the gun was developed during the Civil War, it saw very...
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