Before the Steam Iron came the Electric Iron.
Born in Richville, Kentucky, on July 2nd, 1854 Henry W. Seely invented and patented the first electric pressing iron on the 6th of June in the year 1882. The invention was named as the “electric flatiron.”
Although it is the only invention Seely patented, he witnessed many of Thomas Edison's inventions, including the light bulb.
Unlike current models, the first irons manufactured, used a carbon arc to create the heat needed by passing a current across carbon arc electrodes.
The credit for the invention of the steam iron however, goes to Thomas Sears in the early 1950's.