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Willard Sawyer

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Willard Sawyer of Dover was an early pioneer of human-powered vehicles, the forerunner of the bicycle. In the 1840s he began to produce four-wheeled vehicles wher the rider powered the rear wheels by moving foot treadles back and forth.

In 1851 he rode one to the 1851 Great Exhibition. Later he sent a model to New York.

He published a catalogue in 1863 that showed models carrying up to six people. A sample is in the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa

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Sources of Information

  • Bicycle, The History by David V. Herlihy. Pub. 2004