Willgodt T. Odhner granted a patent for a calculating machine
29th October 1878
Willgodt T. Odhner was granted a patent for a calculating machine that performed multiplications by repeated additions.
The patent, a modified and compact version of Gottfried von Leibniz's stepped wheel, was acquired and embodied in Brunsviga calculators that sold into 1950s.
The patent was no. 209416 in the USA: http://www.oocities.org/andriesdeman/patodh1.html