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Taylor, Charles Edwardlocked

(24 May 1868–30 January 1956)
  • Tom D. Crouch

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Taylor, Charles Edward (24 May 1868–30 January 1956), mechanic who constructed the engines that powered the first aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers, mechanic who constructed the engines that powered the first aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers, was born near Decatur, Illinois. Later his family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he graduated from high school and worked at a variety of jobs before establishing a machine shop in Omaha and marrying Henrietta Webbert. In search of better opportunities, the Taylors joined members of Henrietta’s family in Dayton, Ohio, in 1896. Charles initially worked for the Stoddard Manufacturing Company and operated his own machine shop before signing on with the Dayton Electric Company....

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