Clarence W. Spicer

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Spicer Manufacturing Company advertisement for universal joints in the Automobile Trade Journal, 1916.

Clarence Winfred Spicer is known for inventing the Spicer joint, a type of universal joint. He was born November 30, 1875 in Edelstein, Illinois. His father was John. He married Anna.

Dr. Spicer attended Alfred University from 1891 to 1894. He received the patent for his joint in 1903 while studying at Cornell University, and began manufacturing his invention through an arrangement with the Potter Printing Press Company in Plainfield, New Jersey, on April 1, 1904. Spicer incorporated the Spicer Universal Joint Manufacturing Company in May 1905 and shortened the name to Spicer Manufacturing Company in 1909.[1]

Nearly a century later, Spicer's company is now Dana Holding Corporation, with headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, and worldwide automotive parts sales approaching US$10 billion per year.

Spicer served as a member of the Alfred University Board of Trustees from 1917 until his death in November 1939. He was a member and officer of the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) and is a member of the Automotive Hall of Fame.[2] He died in November 1939 in Miami, Florida.


  1. ^ Michael S. Raber, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) No. NJ-144, "Spicer Manufacturing Company, 2006."
  2. ^ Alfred University, Special Collections & Archives, Herrick Memorial Library. Clarence W. Spicer. Retrieved on 2007-12-07