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Canton in Stark County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

James Murray Spangler

November 20, 1848 - January 22, 1915

James Murray Spangler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 24, 2022
1. James Murray Spangler Marker
James Murray Spangler moved his family to Canton in the early 1880's. He mostly worked as a salesman to support his family, but his true interest was in inventing.

In the late 1890's, Spangler, who suffered with asthma, took a janitorial job at Zollinger Department Store which was located in this corner building. The dusty consequences of his job made his condition worse, and prompted him to find a solution. Using a sewing machine motor, ceiling fan blades, a wooden soap box for the body, and a pillow case for the bog. Spangler created the first portable electric suction sweeper.

After many modifications, Spangler was granted a U.S. patent in 1908, and formed the Electric Suction Sweeper Co. One of his first sales was to his cousin, Susan Hoover, who helped to convince her husband, William "Boss” Hoover that Spangler's sweeper was a worthy invention.

Spangler worked tirelessly to promote and sell his electric sweeper, but he lacked the funding to mass produce it. So, he sold his Electric Suction Sweeper Co. to William "Boss” Hoover, with the agreement that Spangler, himself, remain as production supervisor,
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receiving a yearly salary of $1500 plus royalties until the patent expired. Hoover eventually renamed the company the "Hoover Company in 1922.

Spangler remained a Canton resident until his death in 1915, and his house at 801 12th Street N.W. still stands today. For his accomplishments, Spangler was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1908.
Location. 40° 47.955′ N, 81° 22.482′ W. Marker is in Canton, Ohio, in Stark County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Avenue North and 2nd Street Northwest, on the right when traveling south on Market Avenue North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 Market Ave N, Canton OH 44702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Meneely Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Geo. D. Harter Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Stark County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); 100 Central Plaza North (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Church Of The Savior (about 500 feet away); President McKinley (about 500 feet away); Judge Leroy J. Contie, Jr. (about 500 feet away); Mayor Stanley A. Cmich (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
James Murray Spangler Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 24, 2022
2. James Murray Spangler Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 18, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 10, 2023