Marcellus Gilmore Edson
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|Marcellus Gilmore Edson|
February 7, 1849|
Bedford, Quebec, Canada
|Died||March 6, 1940
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Marcellus Gilmore Edson (February 7, 1849 – March 6, 1940) was the first person to patent peanut butter, which he did in 1884. (Peanut flour already existed.) His cooled product had "a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment," according to his patent application. He included the mixing of sugar into the paste to harden its consistency.
Edson, a chemist (pharmacist), developed the idea of peanut paste as a delicious and nutritious foodstuff for people who could hardly chew solid food, a common state in those days. Peanut paste was initially sold for six cents per pound.
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