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(p. 241) In May of the following year [i.e., in May 1851] Gorrie obtained a patent for the first ice-making machine.
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But he was unable to find adequate backing, and in 1855 he died, a broken and dispirited man.
Burke, James. Connections. New York, NY: Little, Brown, and Co., 1978.
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