In 1892, George T Sampson developed and patented America’s first automatic clothes dryer. Like many other entrepreneurs, Sampson did not invent the item that made his reputation. Dryers of sorts had been used for the better part of the 19th Century. But People complained that this made their clothes smell of smoke and stained them with soot. Sampson refined the process with a series of suspension rods over a specially designed stove. With this new development those doing laundry could have a happy medium of drying their clothes quicker no matter the weather and without having to worry about setting garments on fire. This design was used until the growth in use of gas and electric dryers in the late 1930s and early 1940s