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Stephen Balzer   1864-1940

By Edward Louis Throm and James S. Crenshaw

In 1894, Stephen M. Balzer built one of the first automobiles in the United States. Measuring six feet long and three feet wide, the carriage was distinguished by its fixed-crank, rotating three-cylinder radial-cylinder engine. Balzer later contracted to build a rotary engine for Samuel Pierpont Langley’s Aerodrome flying machine. He spent his later career designing and manufacturing surgical equipment.

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