Linus Yale Sr.

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Linus Yale
Born (1797-04-27)April 27, 1797
Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died August 8, 1858(1858-08-08) (aged 61)
Newport, New York, United States
Resting place Newport Cemetery, Newport, Herkimer County, New York, U.S.
Nationality American

Linus Yale Sr. (27 April 1797 – 8 August 1858) was an American inventor and manufacturer of locks.


Yale was born in Middletown, Connecticut, and later moved with his parents to Salisbury, New York. He married Chlotilda Hopson, September 27, 1815, and they had four children. In 1857 the village of Newport (village), New York incorporated and Yale was elected its first president.[1] Yale opened a lock shop in the early 1840s in the village of Newport, New York, specializing in bank locks. In 1850 his son, Linus Yale Jr. joined him at the lock shop and began working on improving his father’s pin tumbler lock.

Patents by Linus Yale Sr. from the United States Patent and Trademark Office:[2]


  1. ^ Yale, Rodney Horace. (1908). "Yale Genealogy and History of Wales". Retrieved 2014-09-25. 
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  • Yale, Elihu. The Yale Family. New Haven, Connecticut: Storer & Storer, 1850. LCCN: 09-18747
  • Yale, Rodney Horace. Yale Genealogy and History of Wales. Beatrice, Nebraska: Milburn and Scott Co., 1908. LCCN: 09-9945
  • "Linus Yale Sr". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 

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