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1755, Oct 291824, Dec 15
generally accepted to be the first person to make bronze cannons and church bells in the United States. He was a goldsmith, instrument maker, clockmaker, bellfounder, and foundry owner. Hanks' first large church tower bell was mounted in The Old Dutch Church in New York City in 1780 when he was contracted to make the church tower clock. Hanks obtained a fourteen-year intellectual rights patent in 1783 on this tower clock that automatically wound itself by air. The patent said the clock would wind itself up to operate by the use of air. It would automatically continue to wind itself up and operate until the mechanical parts wore out due to friction. Hanks made the first two bronze cannons made in the United States in 1797. The First Company of Connecticut Artillery carried them.
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10/06/1783-Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock
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