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In 1850, when Joel Houghton patented a wooden machine with a hand-turned wheel that splashed water on dishes, it was hardly a workable machine, but it was the first patent. In 1886, Josephine Cochran proclaimed in disgust, "If nobody else is going to invent a dishwashing machine, I’ll do it myself." And she did. Cochran invented the first practical (did the job) dishwasher. She founded a company to manufacture these dishwashers, which eventually became KitchenAid.

-Mary Bellis, About.com

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