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Colburn, David G.

Flourished: Vermont

David G. Colburn was an inventor who specialized in pneumatics, hydraulics, and firearms. While living in Cayuga County, New York, he made improvements in percussion locks, for which he received a patent in October 1832. While residing in Canton Canal, New York, he experimented with gun design, developing the first resolving (percussion) gun, for which he received a patent in June 1833. In May 1834, Colburn received a patent for his methods for dealing with raising water by atmospheric pressure. He later moved to Vermont, settling in Wilmington. In 1846, Colburn received a patent for an atmospheric piston for an iron pump.

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