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Gail Borden receives his patent for the production of commercial condensed milk

Gail Borden, circa 1870, detail
08/19/1856
Gail Borden Jr. of Brooklyn, New York finally received the patent for process of condensing milk he had applied for more than three years before.  The Patent Office had been highly skeptical of the process.  It was a further five years before Borden opened his first successful condensed milk factory in Wassaic, New York in June 1861. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 390.

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