Joseph Dixon is the founder of the Dixon Ticonderoga Company. His versatility and enquiring mind was ever alert to seize "the opportunity offered by the suggestion of the moment." His fascination with new technologies lead to many different notable innovations that contributed to America's development and progress. As a printer and a photographer, he designed a mirror into a camera that was the forerunner of the viewfinder, patented a double-crank steam engine, evolved a method of printing banknotes to foil counterfeiters, and patented a new method for tunneling under water. As a manufacturer and entrepreneur, Joseph Dixon produced the first pencil made in the United States and was responsible for the development of the graphite industry in the United States. He was also instrumental in starting the United States' steel industry. At the time of Joseph Dixon's death in 1869, The Joseph Dixon Crucible Company was the largest manufacturer of graphite products in the world. Listed among his friends were such great American inventors as Robert Fulton, Samuel Morse, and Alexander Graham Bell.