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Edwin A. Battison, founder of the American Precision Museum, at 93 in Windsor, Vt. Battison worked at several machine-tool companies in Precision Valley, Vermont, before joining the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History & Technology (Washington, D.C.), where he was curator of mechanical engineering until his retirement in 1973.

Edwin A. Battison, founder of the American Precision Museum, at 93 in Windsor, Vt. Battison worked at several machine-tool companies in Precision Valley, Vermont, before joining the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History & Technology (Washington, D.C.), where he was curator of mechanical engineering until his retirement in 1973. In 1966 he published research that disputed the previously accepted view that Eli Whitney conceived and brought to fruition using interchangeable parts to make muskets. That year he enlisted the help of Sen. Ralph Flanders to save the 1846 armory that now houses the APM. He directed the museum until 1991 and served as a trustee until 2006, when he was named founder and trustee emeritus.
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