When was the Vacuum Cleaner Invented?

In 1908 James Spangler, a former janitor from Ohio, was granted the patent for what was to become the first commercially successful electric vacuum cleaner. While on the job for a department store, Spangler took an old fan motor, attached it to box and stapled the box onto a broom handle. Adding a pillow case to collect the dust, Spangler created the prototype for the vacuums we use today. Lucky for Spangler, he had a business savvy brother-in-law by the name of Hoover.