[SIGCIS-Members] Email "inventor" claimant to run for U.S. Senate -- alternative facts about technology and democracy collide

Andrew Meade McGee amm5ae at virginia.edu
Sat Feb 25 10:23:46 PST 2017

I just mentioned this in my class yesterday, Evan. Here's a link to a
Smithsonian Magazine article with a picture of Lincoln's patent model:


The "engineers in politics" angle is an interesting one, given how
influential engineering thought was in Progressive Era social planning. In
the early twentieth century, politically-inclined engineers, with Herbert
Hoover as the most prominent example, seemed to come up through
technocratic appointed positions.

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Andrew Meade McGee
Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
PO Box 400180 - Nau Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 12:37 PM, Evan Koblentz <evan at vcfed.org> wrote:

> All the examples so far are people from the business side. Not many true
> techies get into politics. Google search for "emgineers in Congress"
> returns a few.
> Not sure of the accuracy but I've read that Lincoln was the only president
> -- then or since -- to hold a U.S. patent.
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