John Patterson Biography

John Patterson was an American manufacturer who helped popularize the modern cash register by means of aggressive and innovative sales techniques.


John Patterson was born December 13, 1844, near Dayton, Ohio. In the business selling coal, he was convinced that petty pilfering by clerks was cheating him of profits. So, he bought three new machines called cash registers, invented in 1879 by James Ritty. The store eventually showed a profit, and Patterson bought Ritty out and renamed the firm the National Cash Register Company.

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