Jesse W. Reno

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Jesse Wilford Reno
Born (1861-08-04)August 4, 1861
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Died June 2, 1947(1947-06-02) (aged 85)
Pelham Manor, New York
Occupation Inventor, Engineer
Spouse(s) Baroness Marie G. Snowman

Jesse L. Reno
Mary Blanes Cross

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Jesse Wilford Reno (August 4, 1861 – June 2, 1947) invented the first working escalator in 1891 (patented March 15, 1892) used at the Old Iron Pier, Coney Island, New York City. His invention was referred to as the "inclined elevator." An earlier escalator machine, termed "revolving stairs" by its inventor Nathan Ames, was patented March 9, 1859, but was never built.

Reno was born in 1861 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was the son of American Civil War notable Jesse L. Reno. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1883 with an engineering degree in mining, later a metallurgical degree, where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity.[1]


  1. ^ "Jesse W. Reno," The New York Times, 3 Jun. 1947.

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