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CHIROGRAPHER. A word derived from the Greek, which signifies "a writing with a man's hand." A chirographer is an officer of the English court of C. P.who engrosses the fines, and delivers the indentures of them to the parties, &c.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In this country, Charles Thurber is credited with making the first "chirographer" or "writing machine" in 1843.
They arrived bearing such piquant names as Machine Kryptographique, Tachigraph, Mechanical Potenografo, Cembalo-Scrivano (Writing Harpsichord), Typographer, and Chirographer; and they resembled sewing machines, guillotines, mousetraps, miniature presses, spinning tops, and small pianos (pianos a ecrire).
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