William Morrison (dentist)

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William James Morrison (1860–1926) was an American dentist and inventor who is best known for developing the cotton candy machine.[1]


Morrison, from Nashville, Tennessee, was an avid inventor, and has a number of inventions to his credit. One of them is the first [cotton candy] (originally named Fairy Floss and named Candy Floss in the UK and Fairy Floss in Australia) machine, which he invented in 1897 in cooperation with confectioner John C. Wharton. This electric machine melted sugar and then used forced-air ​to push it through a wire screen. It was introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, and was a big success. Thomas Patton and Josef Delarose Lascaux also claimed to invent the cotton candy machine.


  1. ^ Christen AG, Christen JA (July 2005). "William J. Morrison (1860-1926): co-inventor of the cotton candy machine". J Hist Dent. 53 (2): 51–56. PMID 16092607.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • "History of the Tennessee State Dental Association" by Madison Jones, comp. by Thomas Davidson Dow. Tennessee Dental Association (Nashville), 1958