Pre 1920 Patentee Search
Patentee or inventor searches only return results from 1920 to date on the uspto's advanced search screen
Do this without the double quotes: "in/your_inventor_here" ex: in/edison
Even in the uspto's 1790 to present [entire database] the earliest Edison patent returned is from June 1920. The same search below will find 160 patents from 1876 to 1919. If you know a patent number you can look it up here
On this site you can do a case insensitive search of references to pre 1920 patents.
It currently contains 317,475 unique patents (referenced by patents 1976 through 2015-04-07) which is about 23.9% of the utility patents issued before 1920. See
on where this data came from.