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Topics:  George Selden

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The Ogden Standard-Examiner (Ogden, Utah)
January 24, 1922, Last Edition


The telegraph wires from Rochester N.Y., bring news of the passing of George Baldwin Selden, 77 years old, "inventor of the first gasoline propelled vehicle."

In 1873 Selden quit trying to make a horseless carriage with steam as motive power. Friends joshed him. For three more years, defying jibes, he worked on an auto engine designed to explode a mixture of "laughing gas" and kerosene. Finally, in 1878, he drove out of his workshop in a gasoline car. Laughs stopped.

What place should Selden have in history? Clear a few acres, to make room.

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