Livin' It categories: Back in Time
Inventor, Lived from March 21, 1752 to 1837
Mary Dixon Kies was an early 19th-century American who was the first recipient of a patent granted to a woman by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, on May 5, 1809, which was for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread. With her new method, Kies could make and sell beautiful hats such as this one, and, by law, no one else could sell hats just like hers. That’s how a patent works.