From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Davidson, Shelby J.

(born: 1868  -  died: 1931) 

Born in Lexington, Davidson became a lawyer. He invented a paper rewinding device for a tabulating machine and an adding machine attachment for automatically adding in set amounts. Shelby Davidson's Papers are at Howard University. For more see World of Invention. History's most significant inventions and the people behind them, 2nd ed., by K. A. McGrath and B. Travers.

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