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Langstroth, L. L. (Lorenzo Lorraine), 1810-1895


Biographical Note

Lorenzo L. Langstroth created what is referred to as the “modern beehive” in 1851. Langstroth’s beehives attached the frames to the top of the beehive leaving 3/8 inch between the walls and the core of the beehive. 3/8 of an inch is the perfect amount of space to keep bees from building comb. This design was said to also agitate the bees less. Source:

“American Beekeeping History: The Bee Hive,”

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Willis E. Franklin Patent

Identifier: Ms-1967-001

This collection contains an 1872 patent transfer for Movable Comb Bee-Hives to Willis E. Franklin from Lorenzo L. Langstroth, the inventor of the modern Langstroth beehive.

Dates: 1872