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Robert Fulton From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation , search For other people named Robert Fulton, see Robert Fulton (disambiguation) . Robert Fulton Robert Fulton Born November 14, 1765 Little Britain , Lancaster County , Pennsylvania Died February 24, 1815 (aged 49) New York City Nationality American Spouse Harriet Livingston Children Robert, Julia, Mary, Cornelia Parents Robert Fulton, Mary Smith
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Work Significant projects steamboat , submarine Robert Fulton (November 14, 1765 – February 24, 1815) was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the first commercially successful steamboat . In 1800 he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to design the Nautilus , which was the first practical submarine in history. [1] Fulton became interested in steamboats in 1777 when he visited William Henry of Lancaster, Pennsylvania , who had earlier learned about James Watt's steam engine on a visit to England . Robert Fulton died from exposure in 1815. Contents [ hide ] 1 Early life 2 Education and work 3 Posthumous honors 4 References 5 Publications 6 External links [ edit ] Early life Robert Fulton was born on a farm in Little Britain, Pennsylvania , on November 14th, 1765. His father, Robert Fulton, was born in Ireland and emigrated to Philadelphia where he married Mary Smith. The father moved the family to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where the younger Fulton attended a Quaker elementary school. Fulton showed an early interest in mechanical things. At the early age of 13, he invented paddle wheels to go along side his fathers fishing boat. He especially favored gunsmiths and even offered some suggestions that were adopted by the workmen. As a boy he built rockets and experimented with mercury and bullets. His friends nicknamed him “ Quicksilver Bob.” [2] He learned to sketch early on and by age 17 he decided to become an artist. His father, who had
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