The Pulse of the Nation

The Mills Device

This device was found in the summer home of Connecticut Senator Tristram H. Mills several years after his death in 1852. His grandson, Lowell R. Mills discovered the device. Apparently at some point during the Senator’s tenure it had been updated and converted to electrical power. It was operational at the time of its discovery and continues to update itself to this day. Lowell remembers his grandfather, who considered himself a liberal pluralist, using it to “take the pulse of the nation.” Senator Mills never revealed who invented it or how it operated. The initials “TD” are found on several parts. This may point to Thomas Davenport, a well-known inventor of the day and early adopter of electrical power.