Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 09:26 AM.

Margaret was tough.

You’d expect her to be tough working in factories all those years and helping her widowed mother hold a family together.

Margaret took this “invention stealing fellow” to court to get credit for the patent that was really hers.

The fellow who stole her invention was ready – or at least he thought he was ready.  He had prepared to face Margaret in court.  When asked for proof that the invention was his and not Margaret’s, Charles Annan’s explanation was something to the effect of, “She’s a woman; a woman could never come up with such an innovative idea or machine.”

For about the umpteenth time in history – a woman made a man look like a fool.

Margaret Knight explained everything about the design including things that the other fellow had no idea about.

Folks understood that Margaret was the inventor and she was given credit for the patent in 1871.

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