1834-1882: Early Years
Early Years: 1834-1882The earliest beginnings of what would become American Motors Corporation
1834: H. Mitchell Wagons founded by Harry Mitchell
1845: Birth of Thomas B. Jeffery in Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon Shire, England
1855: H. Mitchell Wagons moves to Racine, Wisconsin and becomes Mitchell and Lewis Co. Ltd.
1863: Thomas B. Jeffery emigrates from England to the United States, settling in Chicago, Illinois, where he runs into an acquaintance from England, R. Philip Gormulley
1871: Great Chicago Fire destroys the work shop of Thomas B. Jeffery
1874: Thomas B. Jeffery marries Kate Elizabeth Wray and begins making baby carriages
1876: Jeffery begins manufacture of a railway velocipede
1878: Thomas B. Jeffery experiences his first bicycle ride, while on vacation in England
1879: Thomas B. Jeffery establishes the American Bicycle Company and begins producing the Ideal ordinary(big front wheel)
1881: Jeffery sells American Bicycles to Colonel Albert Pope, and with R. Philip Gormulley forms a partnership, Gormully & Jeffery Manufacturing. They begin production on the American Rambler bicycle line.
1882: Thomas B. Jeffery receives a patent for a number of advanced technologies in bicycle manufacture, including the Clincher tire design, still in use on pneumatic tires today.
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