Person:Robert Fulton (18)

Robert "Steamboat" Fulton
d.24 Feb 1815
m. Abt 1759
  1. Isabella FultonAbt 1760 -
  2. Robert "Steamboat" Fulton1765 - 1815
  3. Elizabeth "Peggy" FultonAbt 1767 -
  4. Mary "Polly" FultonAbt 1768 -
  5. Abraham Smith Fulton1770 -
  1. Robert Barlow Fulton1808 - 1841
  2. Julia Fulon1810 -
  3. Cornelia Livingston Fulton1812 -
  4. Mary Livingston Fulton1813 -
Facts and Events
Name Robert "Steamboat" Fulton
Gender Male
Birth? 14 Nov 1765 Little Britain Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Death[1] 24 Feb 1815
Reference Number? Q192496?

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Robert Fulton (November 14, 1765 – February 25, 1815) was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing a commercially successful steamboat; the first was called The North River Steamboat (later Clermont). In 1807 that steamboat traveled on the Hudson River with passengers, from New York City to Albany and back again, a round trip of 300 miles, in 62 hours. The success of his steamboat changed river traffic and trade on major American rivers.

In 1800, Fulton had been commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte, leader of France, to attempt to design a submarine; he produced the Nautilus, the first practical submarine in history. Fulton is also credited with inventing some of the world's earliest naval torpedoes for use by the British Royal Navy.

Fulton became interested in steam engines and the idea of steamboats in 1777 when he was around age 12 and visited state delegate William Henry of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who was interested in this topic. Henry had learned about inventor James Watt and his Watt steam engine on an earlier visit to England.

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