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The Eastern Gazette 2-20-1936, p.1
HIRAM P. MAXIM, INVENTOR, DIES IN COLORADO Was Son of Hiram S. Maxim of Machine Gun Fame Hiram Percy Maxim, 67, who invented the Maxim "silencer" for firearms and produced one of the earliest automobiles, died Feb. 17, of a throat infection. Maxim was taken from a train in La Junta, Colo., last week while en route to the Pacific coast with his wife. His wife, son and daughter were with him. Funeral services will be held in Hagerstown, Md., Friday morning with burial in the family lot of the widow. Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Sept. 2, 1869, Maxim was one of a family of inventors. His father, Hiram S. Maxim, was the inventor of the first machine gun, and with his brother, Hudson Maxim, who died in 1927, contributed smokeless powder and a self-propelled torpedo . Hiram Percy Maxim was electrical engineer for a number of firms and later organized his own company to manufacture the ordnance equipment he invented. He also was president of the American Radio Relay League, the Internationa1 Amateur Radio Union and the American Amateur Cinema League. Before turning .his inventive genius to firearms and ordnances, he designed automobiles. His first, produced in 1897, ran 30 miles on one charge of electricity and had a top speed of 12 miles an hour. Maxim was educated in Brooklyn schools and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he was graduated in 1896. He began his career as a draftsman at Woburn, Mass., later going to Fort Wayne, Ind., before returning to New England. He was married Dec. 12, 1898, to Miss Josephine Hamilton, daughter of William P. Hamilton, a former governor of Maryland. They had two children, Mrs. John T. Lee of Farmington, Conn., and Hiram, of Hartford, Conn. In addition Maxim is survived by a sister, Mrs. George A. Cutter, Dedham, Mass., and four grandchildren.