Science, Inventions, Medicine, and Aerospace

Inventions and Patents

Who patented an electric railway trolley?

Inventor E. R. Robinson was the first person to receive a patent for an electric railway trolley on September 19, 1893. To propel the car, he used electricity that flowed from an overhead wire through a pole attached to the roof of the vehicle. It became the forerunner of the electric street railways and buses that continue to operate in some sections of the country.


This is a web preview of the "The Handy African American History Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App