1655: Stephen Farfler, a paraplegic watchmaker, built a self-propelling chair on a three wheel chassis.
1783: Hailing from Bath, John Dawson invented the Bath wheelchair and named it after his hometown.
1916: Attempts to invent a motorised wheelchair were made as far back as 1916, but no successful commercial production came about at the time.
1956: Everest & Jennings, the same company whose founders created the folding wheelchair, were the first to manufacture the electric wheelchair on a mass scale beginning in 1956.
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