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James Franklin Duryea

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James Franklin Duryea (1869-1967) and his brother Charles Edgar Duryea invented the first gas-powered automobile in America. Charles had the vision to get the idea off the ground. Frank had the diligence to see the project through to completion. Frank did 100% of the mechanical work.

Son of George Washington Duryea and Louisa Melvina Turner.

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