Hall of Fame Inductee

Arthur P. Warner

Born: 04/18/1870
Died: 03/22/1957
Inducted: 10/14/2000

At the tender age of 12, A. P. Warner  told his grandfather he wanted to be an inventor. "Arthur, you are too late," his grandfather replied. "Everything to be invented is invented, and there is no use your wasting time in trying to make something new."

Warner obtained a limited education in electrical engineering and then began inventing. His more notable inventions include the first magnetic speedometer for automobiles and the electric brake.

He formed the Warner Instrument Company in 1904 which later became the Stewart-Warner Company. Later still he became president of the Warner-Patterson Company and in 1955 was made chairman of the board.

Mr. Warner was the first individual American to buy an airplane, one of the first ten Americans to fly an airplane anywhere and the first person to fly an airplane in Wisconsin.

Warner would often tell a story of a lecture he had attended by a Harvard mathematician. The professor proved conclusively that flight in a heavier-than-air machine was a mathematical impossibility.

Author Seth Shulman in his book, Unlocking the Sky described Warner's visit to the Curtiss facility in Hammondsport, NY ... 'When Warner came to the plant to make the sale, he remembers Curtiss' operation as "little more than a shed with a few tools in it."

 

AP Warner
AP Warner
(WAHF photo)
AP Warner at the controls of his Curtiss pusher aircraft
AP Warner at the controls of his
Curtiss pusher aircraft
(WAHF photo)
Early Birds of Aviation Marker, 1968
Early Birds of America marker at location of Warner's first flight
(photo by Rose Dorcey)
Wisconsin Historical Marker
Wisconsin Historical Marker at the Morgan Farm, site of Warner's first flight
(photo by Rose Dorcey)

 

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