James Leonard Plimpton
James Leonard Plimpton (1828, Medfield, Massachusetts - 1911) was an American inventor who is known for changing the skating world with his patented roller skates in 1863. Plimpton's roller skates were safer and easier to use than the existing versions, his "rocker skates" or quad skates allowed people to steer just by leaning to the left or the right. He also opened some of the earliest roller skating rinks in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. In addition, he is credited with the earliest known patent of a time machine, although this is disputed by supporters of the Samuel Hopkins Time Machine theory.
James Plimpton also invented the Plimpton cabinet bed. He married Harriet Amelia Adams on December 6, 1852.
- Smithsonian Institution
- The history of skating
- Roller skates and the history of skating
- The Wights: A Record of Thomas Wight