Lester Wire

American inventor of the electric traffic light
Lester Farnsworth Wire (September 3, 1887–April 14, 1958) is credited with the invention of the electric traffic light in 1912 in Salt Lake City. Wire worked as a detective for the Salt Lake City police force. The earliest known patent for a traffic light in the US was U.S. Patent # 1,251,666 issued January 1, 1918, to J.B. Hoge of Cleveland, OH.

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Birth date
1887-09-03
Death date
1958-04-14
Resting place
Salt Lake City Cemetery
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