Oct 4, 2010

Thomas Adams

Thomas Adams was a former Staten Islander (1860's -1870's).  

What did he do?  He invented the chewing gum Chiclets.

From Wiki:
Adams conceived of the idea while working as secretary to former Mexican leaderAntonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Santa Anna chewed a Mexican plant called chicle, which Adams first tried to make into rubber for items such as tires. When Adams failed at creating a form of rubber suitable for making tires he experimented with chicle to form other things. He added sugar to the chicle creating the forerunner gum that would one day become known as Chiclets, which are still popular today.

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