James Densmore (1820-1889)

James Densmore was a business associate of Christopher Sholes, who along with Carlos Glidden and Samuel W. Soule helped contribute to inventing one of the first practical typewriters at a machine shop located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

It was believed that Densmore had suggested splitting up commonly used letter combinations in order to solve a jamming problem, but called in question. This concept was later refined by Sholes and became known as the QWERTY key layout.

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