Levitt Luzern Custer

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Levitt Luzern Custer
Levitt Luzern Custer in the 1909 Otterbein University yearbook.jpg
Custer in 1909
Born (1888-07-27)July 27, 1888
Dayton, Ohio
Died August 30, 1962(1962-08-30) (aged 74)
Dayton, Ohio
Education Oberlin College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Parent(s) Levitt Ellsworth Custer

Levitt Luzern Custer (July 27, 1888 – August 30, 1962) was the inventor of the statoscope and early motorized wheelchair, called the Custer chair.[1][2]


He was born in Dayton, Ohio on July 27, 1888 to Levitt Ellsworth Custer. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1909 and then the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1913. His first patented invention was the statoscope which showed whether an aerostat was ascending or descending. Custer produced the device for the United States Navy at his factory, Custer Specialty Company, on North Ludlow Street in Dayton, Ohio. He invented a motorized wheelchair in 1919.[1]

He died in August 30, 1962 in Dayton, Ohio.[1]


His papers are archived at Wright State University.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Dayton – Miami Valley Inventors and Inventions". Wright State University. Archived from the original on 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Levitt Luzern Custer" (PDF). Wright State University. Retrieved 2009-08-04.