Levitt Luzern Custer

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Levitt Luzern Custer (July 27, 1888 - 1962) was the inventor of the statoscope.[1]

Biography[edit]

He was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 27, 1888 to Levitt Ellsworth Custer. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1913. His first patented invention was the statoscope which showed whether a balloon or dirigible was ascending or descending. Custer produced the device for the U.S. Navy at his factory, Custer Specialty Company, on North Ludlow Street in Dayton, Ohio. After World War I he invented the Custer Invalid Chair or Custer Car in 1919, which was battery powered.[2]

He died in 1962.

Legacy[edit]

His papers are archived at Wright State University.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Levitt Luzern Custer". Wright State University. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Dayton - Miami Valley Inventors and Inventions". Wright State University. Retrieved 2009-08-03. "Levitt Luzern Custer was born in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1913. His first patented invention was a device that showed whether a balloon or dirigible was ascending or descending in flight. Custer produced his statoscope for the U.S. Navy at his factory, Custer Specialty Company, on North Ludlow Street in Dayton. After World War I, Custer saw a need for a device to help injured and disabled soldiers to get around. Luzern Custer invented the "Custer Invalid Chair" or "Custer Car" in 1919, which was battery powered. The apparatus was a three-wheeled vehicle and was operated entirely by hand. He invented a gasoline version of the car in 1939. Dr. Levitt Ellsworth Custer, a prominent local dentist and Luzern's father, invented an aerial torpedo, pat. no. 913,814, in 1909 for dirigibles."