John Pratt lived in the sleepy town of Centre, Alabama where he was a writer, lawyer, and teacher. He eventually owned and edited the local paper. Pratt wrote a lot in his many careers. So much so that in an effort to cut down on the writer’s cramp, he invented a machine to write for him. In this episode of the Alabama Short Stories podcast, we learn about John Pratt’s road to inventing the typewriter.

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