Enoch J. Rector

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Enoch J. Rector
Born (1863-10-09)October 9, 1863
Parkersburg, West Virginia
Died January 26, 1957(1957-01-26) (aged 93)
Education West Virginia University
Occupation Inventor
Known for Kinetoscope
Children Ann Elizabeth Rector

Enoch J. Rector (October 9, 1863 [1] – January 26, 1957) was an American boxing film promoter and early cinema technician. He was a partner in Woodville Latham's Kinetoscope Exhibition Company (later the Lambda Company) during the mid-1890s, working with Latham and his sons Otway and Grey, as well as fellow cinema technicians William Kennedy Laurie Dickson and Eugene Lauste.

Cinema historian Terry Ramsaye later claimed that Rector, during his association with Latham, invented the 'Latham loop', a key feature of modern cinema cameras and projectors, in 1895. However, in 1927 Dickson stated unequivocally that Lauste was responsible for this important invention. Using this technique, Rector created the 90-minute documentary film The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight (1897), filmed in an early widescreen process in 63mm film, with an aspect ratio of about 1.75:1.


He was born near Parkersburg, West Virginia in 1863. He later attended West Virginia University.[2] He married Jesse Fremont Leach (1871-1956), a designer of glass furniture.[3] She was named after her mother's friend at boarding school, Jessie Benton, later wife of Charles Fremont. Jesse had a sister, Anna Russell Leach (1860-1952), a writer for the New York Times.[4] He had a daughter, Anne Elizabeth Rector (1899-1970) who was married to Edmund Duffy.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ "Enoch J. Rector". Archived from the original on 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2007-09-25. born October 9, 1863 
  2. ^ a b "Enoch Rector, 94, Inventor, Dead. Aide of Edison on Sound Reproduction, Early Films. Designed Camera Shutter". New York Times. January 27, 1957. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Enoch Rector, an inventor who aided in the early development of motion pictures, died yesterday at his home, 314 East Forty-first Street. His age was 94. 
  3. ^ "Mrs. Enoch Rector Dies. Designer of Glass Furniture Also Wrote Short Stories". New York Times. June 19, 1956. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  4. ^ "Ann Leach, Writer, 92; Former Member of The Times Staff Dies in West Virginia". New York Times. April 12, 1952. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  5. ^ "Mrs. Edmund Duffy Is Dead; Cartoonist's Widow Was 70". New York Times. February 18, 1970. Retrieved 2007-09-25. Mrs. Anne Duffy, an artist and widow of Edmund Duffy, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for The Baltimore Sun, died Sunday in San Juan, P.R. She was 70 years old. 
  6. ^ Rector, Anne Elizabeth (2004). Anne Elizabeth's Diary: A Young Artist's True Story. ISBN 0-316-07204-4. 

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