Lewis howard latimer was born in chelsea, massachusetts, on september 4th. to parents GEORGE and rebecca latimer who escaped slavery six years before Lewis was born. When lewis was 16, he wanted to join the united states army during the civil war so he lied about his age and got in. latimer taught himself mechanical drawing, and drafting by watching the draftsmen. Because of lather's talents he helped patent the lightbulb with thomas edison and the telephone with alexander graham bell. and working in the incandescent lighting with hiram maxim.Latimer married mary wilson in 1873, and had two daughters. lewis howard latimer died on december 11, in 1928, in flushing, queens, new york. his legacy will live on forever because of what he has done to improve this country.