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Rubber's Goodyear: The Story of Man's Perseverance
Rubber's Goodyear The Story of Man's Perseverance Author:Adolph C. Regli From the time when Goodyear in 1834 first became interested in the application of rubber to everyday uses, he was a man financially bankrupt, in poor health and lacking a single friend able to loan him enough money to keep him out of debtor's prison. In jail at Philadelphia, he begged and borrowed enough with which to begin his experiments with... more » the sticky substance that had become a stench in the business world.
Temporary success was invariably followed by reverses. Despite the setbacks, the pressure of friends and acquaintances and finally his own family to persuade him to give up his insane experiments and take up a useful occupation, his perseverance overcame all obstacles.
When manufacturing of rubber articles at last became a flourishing business and Goodyear was able to sell licenses to his patents, he was beset by endless infringements. One of his court trials became famous when he hired the best lawyer of the day, Daniel Webster, to prosecute his case.« less