Pencil Part 8

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Pencil Part 8Pencil in America

American colonists imported pencils from Europe until after theAmerican Revolution.Benjamin Franklinadvertised pencils for sale in hisPennsylvania Gazettein 1729, andGeorge Washingtonused a three-inch pencil when he surveyed theOhio Territoryin 1762.[citation needed]It is said[by whom?]thatWilliam Munroe, a cabinetmaker inConcord, Massachusetts, made the first Americanwoodpencils in 1812. This was not the only pencil-making occurring in Concord. According toHenry Petroski,[citation needed]transcendentalistphilosopherHenry David Thoreaudiscovered how to make a good pencil out of inferior graphite using clay as thebinder; this invention was prompted by his father's pencil factory in Concord, which employed graphite found inNew Hampshirein 1821 by Charles Dunbar.