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Porter, Edwin Stanton (21 April 1870–30 April 1941), pioneer director-producer-inventor of cinema, was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas Richard Porter, a merchant, and Mary Jane Clark. Porter received his education in the public schools of Connellsville. He worked at various jobs, including plumber, exhibition skater, sign painter, tailor, and telegrapher. In 1893 Porter enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he found his calling in working with electrical machines. In conjunction with ...

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Waller, Frederic (10 March 1886–18 May 1954), inventor and motion picture technician, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Frederic Waller, a commercial photographer, and Katherine Stearns. Waller was educated at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, which he left at age fourteen when he began working in his father’s photographic studio. In 1905 he married Irene Seymour, with whom he had two children; the marriage ended in divorce in 1919. In 1920 Waller married Grace Fortescue Hubbard; the childless marriage ended with her death in 1941. His third wife, Doris Barber Caron, whom he married in 1942, outlived him; they also had no children....