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Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

On December 28th, 1869 the world saw the patent of chewing gum. William Finley Semple (1832-1923), a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was one of the first people anywhere to patent a chewing gum.  Semple’s chewing gum was intended to clean teeth and strengthen the jaw.  Unlike the chewing gum that we know today, Semple’s