Robert Fulton

Quick Facts

Date of BirthNovember 14, 1765
Place of BirthLittle Britain, Province of Pennsylvania, British America
Date of DeathFebruary 24, 1815
Place of DeathNew York City, U.S.
Resting PlaceTrinity Church Cemetery
OccupationEngineer, inventor, businessman
Years Active1793–1815
Known for– Developing the world’s first commercially successful steamboat, the North River Steamboat
– Inventing the first practical submarine in history, Nautilus
SpouseHarriet Livingston (m. 1808)
Early InterestHe Became interested in steam engines and steamboats around age 12
Notable AchievementSuccessfully traveled the Hudson River with the North River Steamboat in 1807
Career in EuropeTraveled to Europe in 1786, lived there for twenty years, studied painting and mechanics

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