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Robert Fulton Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: November 14, 1765 in Little Britain Township, Pennsylvania
Died: February 24, 1815 in New York City, New York
In 1801, Fulton (1765-1815, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) was commissioned by Robert R. Livingston, U.S. Minister to France, to build a steamboat. After successful experiments on the Seine in France, Fulton returned to the United States and succeeded in building the first commercially successful steamboat. This boat, with the final name Clermont, steamed from New York to Albany and back between August 17 and 22, 1807. Thereafter, Fulton designed 17 steamboats, a torpedo boat and a ferry.

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