His volumes of dance music, The Music of Ireland (1903), The Dance Music of Ireland, 1001 Gems (1907), and O'Neill's Irish Music for the Piano, or Violin (1915) were not the first collections of traditional Irish music to be published in the United States (Ryan's Mammoth Collection, a Boston-area collection of music that contains a huge number of Irish tunes, was published by Elias Howe
in 1883); but they were the most influential in Irish and Irish-American communities.
For instance, the next time you zip your winter coat, you'll know that Elias Howe
first secured a patent (something that provides protection so an idea can be shared, but the inventor holds onto the invention) for his "automatic, continuous clothing closure" in 1851.
Thomas Edison, Samuel Morse and Elias Howe
, among others were frequent visitors to the offices of Scientific American.
, arguably the inventor of the original sewing machine, sued Singer for breaching his patent.
Artist Christian Schussele's 1862 line up includes James Bogardus (cast iron frames), Samuel Morse (electr ic telegraph), Elias Howe
(sewing machine), Charles Goodyear (vulcanization of rubber) and Joseph Saxton (hydrometer and a perpetually-pointed pencil).
Shown seated in the painting are Eli Whitney, Elias Howe
, and Charles Goodyear, among others, while Ben Franklin's image is looking down on the 19 ingenious pioneers.