Almon Strowger

The name of Almon Strowger, inventor of the automatic telephone dialing system, is less familiar to most people than that of his predecessor in telephone technology, Alexander Graham Bell. Much less is known about Strowger than about Bell. But Strowger’s invention, which remained widely in use in different forms until the 1970s, transformed the telephone industry, changing not only the way the average person used the telephone, but also the structure of the business itself.

Strowger, described as cantankerous and irritable, made only a brief foray as an inventor, but in that time his work raised the ire of the dominant Bell Telephone Company but won the interest of investors and the public. 

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