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Willis Carrier

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Willis Carrier

Inventor of Air Conditioning


Who is Willis Carrier?

Willis Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902. He was also the founder the Carrier Corporation, a company that manufactures and distributes heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. Today the company is a part of United Technologies.

Famous Kin

Willis Carrier is a descendant of Mayflower passengers Richard Warren and Edward Fuller. His ancestry can also be traced back to Magna Carta surety Henry de Bohun. His royal connections include being a direct descendant of King Edward I and other family connections to the current royal family through shared ancestors with the late Princess Diana.

Willis Carrier has a number of Presidential kin including, but not limited to, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and both Presidents Bush.

Some fellow inventors that are in Willis Carrier’s family tree include Thomas Edison (often claimed to have been America’s greatest inventor), Samuel Colt (inventor of the Colt revolver), Joseph Glidden (inventor of barbed wire), Gail Borden (inventor of condensed milk), Robert Goddard (inventor of the first liquid-propelled rocket), and Eli Whitney (inventor of the cotton gin).


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Willis Carrier

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Ichabod Goodwin

27th Governor of New Hampshire

15th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey de Bohun

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Kevin Spacey

TV and Movie Actor

9th cousin 3 times removed
via Rev. Stephen Bachiler

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

5th cousin 2 times removed
via Mary Shatswell

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Milton Bradley

Founder, Milton Bradley Company

6th cousin 1 time removed
via John Leavitt

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John Dye

TV and Movie Actor - “Touched by an Angel”

16th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Walter Blount

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

19th cousin
via Ralph de Stafford

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

21st cousin
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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E. C. Segar

Cartoonist (Popeye creator)

10th cousin 1 time removed
via William Grindall

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Theatre, TV and Movie Actress

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Ralph de Stafford

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Sprague Grayden

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

8th cousin 13 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Charles V

Holy Roman Emperor

6th cousin 11 times removed
via Diego Gomez de Toledo

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Warren

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Anthony Eames

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Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood

Leader of the Rough Riders

6th cousin
via Samuel Howe

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

17th cousin
via Robert de Ferrers

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

12th cousin 9 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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Alexander Spotswood

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia

11th cousin 9 times removed
via Edmund FitzAlan

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Isabella de Beauchamp

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

17th cousin 4 times removed
via Sir Hugh I de Audley

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William Fishback

17th Governor of Arkansas

19th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Hugh le Despencer

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James Merrill

Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet

11th cousin 1 time removed
via Henry Sherman

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Calista Flockhart

TV and Movie Actress

9th cousin 2 times removed
via Chad Brown

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Lucia Chase

Co-Founder, American Ballet Theatre

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Treat

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