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Courtesy of Montgomery County Historical Society. Reverse reads "John H. Patterson. 1844-1922. Born Dayton, O. A.B. Dartmouth, 1867. President, mgr., and principal owner of the National Cash Register Co. 1884-1922. Industrialist, citizen, educator. Decorated by French government with the Legion of Honor for his "enterprise--and his efforts for the benefit of his employees." This is a portrait photograph of John H. Patterson (1844-1922), the president, manager and owner of the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. Patterson founded the National Cash Register Company in Dayton, Ohio. Hoping the machines could save him money by reducing accounting errors in his supply business, he purchased the patent rights to the cash register from James Ritty in 1884. Within six months, he reduced his debt and showed a profit. Patterson built the first National Cash Register factory on his family's farm in Dayton in 1888. By the turn of the century, the company had become one of the largest employers in Dayton. Known for his strict training program for salespeople and health and education programs for employees, Patterson was closely involved in the daily lives of many of his workers.
Montgomery County Historical Society
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