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Thomas B. Jeffery


Thomas B. Jeffery was photographed in the fall of 1897 in the first experimental Rambler, which he built in his father’s machine shop on North Franklin Street in Chicago. Jeffery came to the United States in 1863, and in 1879 began to manufacture bicycles under the trademark “Rambler”. His many contributions to the bicycle industry include his invention of the clincher tire. In 1897, Jeffery began experimenting with motor vehicles and in 1900, he sold his bicycle business and purchased a factory in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in which he and his son Charles began manufacturing one-cylinder G & J cars (later known as Rambler cars) in 1902. Jeffery remained president of the Thomas B. Jeffery Company, later the Nash Motors Company, until his death.

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