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Josephine Garis Cochrane

Josephine Garis Cochrane invented the first workable dishwasher. An attempt had been made before her, by a man, but it didn't work and never got off the ground. She was born Josephine Garis in Ashtabula County, Ohio on 8 March 1839 and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. Her father, John Garis, was an engineer from Chicago who had invented a hydraulic pump for draining marshes. Her mother was Irene Fitch, who died while Josephine was young...
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