Old Georgetown in Color: Herman Hollerith


This week for Old Georgetown in Color, GM is visiting with one of the most influential Georgetowners of all time: Herman Hollerith. Many people don’t even know the name, but his company, the Tabulating Machine Company, was one of the original pieces of the company that would later become I.B.M. So, in effect, I.B.M. was founded in Georgetown. (It was located where Sea Catch is located now).

Care of the Peabody Room, here is a great article by the Smithsonian about Hollerith and his company.

Besides the old warehouse that once housed his company, one other building in Georgetown connected to Hollerith is still around: his large home at 1617 29th St.


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