Thomas J. Watson, Sr., joins the Computing Tabulating Recording Co. (C-T-R) as general manager. The next year Watson is elected president of the company.
Use of accounting machines begins to spread. The accounting product line includes the mechanical key punch, the hand-operated gang punch, the vertical sorter, and the tabulator. Customers include railroads, chemical companies, utilities and life insurance companies.
C-T-R's Endicott, New York, plant produces time-recording equipment; the Dayton, Ohio, plant makes scales; and the Washington, D.C. facility makes keypunch cards.
The company hires its first disabled employee, 59 years before the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and 76 years before the Americans with Disabilities Act.