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He invented the safety pin to pay off a debt

Fact - To pay a $15 debt he had taken from a friend, Walter Hunt, invented the safety pin in 1849. He sold the patent to W. R. Grace and Company for $400 and paid off the debt.
Pic Credits: © 2005 Dan McKay | Safety pin | CC BY-SA | Modified

To pay a $15 debt he had taken from a friend, Walter Hunt, invented the safety pin in 1849. After patenting it, he sold the patent to W. R. Grace and Company for $400 and paid off the debt.

Though Hunt repaid his small debt and the company went on to make millions in the years to come.

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