Edward Kirk Warren, b. 7 Apr 1847 in Ludlow, Vt., died 16 Jan 1919 in Evanston, Ill., burial date 19 Jan 1919 in Three Oaks, Michigan. He was an American industrialist and inventor who developed featherbone, a popular alternative to whalebone in corsetry. The Warren Family Papers are housed at Michigan State University.
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Edward K. Warren was born in Vermont in 1847 and moved to Three Oaks in Berrien County, Michigan in 1858 with his parents. In 1883, Edward established the Warren Featherbone Company after recognizing a market for improved corset materials. After securing a patent, Edward began producing "featherbone," an alternative to pricey and frail whalebone. Featherbone was made from pointer feathers discarded by regional feather duster factories. Warren opened his first featherbone factory in Three...