William Lowell, Sr. (1863-1954)

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William Lowell, Sr.
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Ernest Lowell; William Lowell, Sr.; and William Lowell, Jr.
Born 1863
Hoboken, New Jersey
Died June 24, 1954 (age 91)
East Orange, New Jersey
Occupation Dentist
Children William Lowell, Jr. (1897-1976), Ernest Lowell, Elisabeth Lowell, Isabel Lowell Niebling (1892-1981), and Carol Lowell Favre (1903-1987)

William Lowell, Sr. (1863 – June 24, 1954) was a dentist, and an inventor of a wooden golf tee.[1]


William Lowell was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and lived in Maplewood, New Jersey and had a son, William Lowell, Jr. (1897-1976).[2] He first made 5,000 tees, that were stained green, but he soon changed to red, to make them more distinctive and named them "Reddy Tees". In 1922 Walter Hagen and Joe Kirkwood used his tees during their exhibitions. The Reddy Tee was patented on May 13, 1925, but in 1922 he signed a deal with the A.G. Spalding Company, for 24 dozen. By 1925 he was selling $100,000 worth of tees and they were being made of celluloid. By 1926 copycat versions were on the market, and he spent much of his time and money fighting patent infringement.

He died at Orange Memorial Hospital in East Orange, New Jersey on June 24, 1954 at the age of 91.[3]


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  1. ^ McDaniel, Pete (2000). "Birth of the tee: The story behind the man who gave the ball the perfect setup - George Franklin Grant, inventor". Golf Digest. Retrieved 2007-05-24. "Ten years later, the messy, wet sand tee was still in vogue when Dr. William Lowell, a Maplewood, N.J., dentist, made the late-in-life discovery that golf possessed certain therapeutic advantages. ..." 
  2. ^ "William Lowell Jr., Is Dead; An Industrial Packager, 78". The New York Times. May 14, 1976. Retrieved 2007-05-24. "William Lowell Jr., a former manufacturer of golf tees and an industrial packaging specialist, died Wednesday at Muhlenberg Hospital, Plainfield, New Jersey He was 78 years old and lived in Fanwood, New Jersey" 
  3. ^ "Gold Tee Designer Dead. Dr. William Lowell of Jersey Patented Reddy Device". The New York Times. June 25, 1954. Retrieved 2010-11-24. "EAST ORANGE, N. J., June 24-Dr. William Lowell, designer of the Reddy Golf Tee, which came into universal use in the sport, died yesterday at Orange Memorial Hospital after a short illness.... Born in Hoboken, he lived in South Orange, Maplewood and Summit before moving here four years ago." 

NAME Lowell, William
SHORT DESCRIPTION Dentist and inventor of the golf tee
PLACE OF BIRTH Hoboken, New Jersey
DATE OF DEATH June 24, 1954
PLACE OF DEATH East Orange, New Jersey

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