U.S. Patent History Questions

Who received the first U.S. patent issued? Who signed for it's authenticity?


FIRST CLUE: Who was an early patent advocate noted for stating: "Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship,"
SECOND CLUE: He also praised the patent laws for having "secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things."


"To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." This statement sounds important, what document is it written on?


Name the different types of patents that are awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


Name the independent inventor who was awarded the most patents? How many?