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Benjamin Franklin Gravely

Benjamin Franklin Gravely

Benjamin Franklin Gravely (1876-1953), inventor of the Gravely garden tractor, originally built the tractors in an old factory he purchased in Dunbar around 1920. Gravely secured 65 patents in his lifetime. Some were obtained in the field of photography, but most of his patents were in the farm implement field. Gravely was born near Martinsville, Virginia on November 29, 1876. He moved to Huntington sometime around 1900 to work for a photography firm. In 1903, he settled in Charleston, where he opened his own photography studio.

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