Thomas H. Dodge was born September 27, in Eden, Vermont.
Thomas was privileged to be able to attend the best district schools as
his father was a well-to-do farmer. The family moved to Lowell,
where they lived until Thomas was 14 years old.
The Dodge family moved to Nashua, New Hampshire. Dodge decided to
become a lawyer and manufacturer. He told his parents that he was going
to pay all of his own expenses to prove what he could accomplish.
On June 30, Thomas married Eliza Daniels of Brookline, New Hampshire.
Dodge decided to learn the cotton manufacturing business. He went to
work for a cotton manufacturer as a roll carrier. After earning enough
money in the factory, he enrolled in Gymnasium Institute at Pembroke,
Dodge published a famous review of the Rise, Progress, and
Importance of Cotton Manufacturing in the United States.
Thomas joined the firm of George Y. Sawyer and A.F. Stevens of Nashua,
New Hampshire, to train for the law. After three years he was admitted
to the bar at Manchester, Massachusetts.
Dodge was at the forefront of his profession as an advocate and jurist.
At the age of 31, Dodge opened a law office in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Dodge was appointed as the first assistant in the U.S. Patent Office
and shortly thereafter was appointed examiner-in-chief.
Dodge resigned from the patent office to concentrate on his law
Thomas moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, to continue his law practice
and become a third owner of the Union Mowing Machine Company.
Dodge received a patent for a barbed wire which was 201,507. This was
the first of his seven patents.
Thomas became associated with Charles G. Washburn and organized the
Barbed Fence Company of Worcester, Massachusetts. He was named
president of the company.
On November 29, Dodge received his second patent for a barbed wire,
which today is called the Dodge Star and is considered a very rare wire.
Dodge and Charles G. Washburn obtained a patent on a four point barbed
Dodge had a serious break in his health and was required to retire from
the active routine of business.
Thomas and his wife each made a $500 donation to a boys and girls camp.
No accurate date has been found for Thomas Dodge’s death.