Oliver Evans, Engraving by William G. Jackman, circa 1800.
flipFlip to Illustration of Oliver Evans automated grain mill, from The young mill-wright and miller's guide: in five parts, embellished with twenty five plates, by Oliver Evans, 1795.
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Portrait of Oliver Evans wearing an oblique white tie.

Credit: Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries,

Born in Newport, Delaware, Oliver Evans (1755 –1819) was one of the United States’ first great inventors. In addition to inventing the automated grist mill that revolutionized the American milling industry, Evans in 1789 received the first U.S. patent for a steam-powered land vehicle. After moving to Philadelphia in 1792, he invented a high-pressure steam engine that would help revolution American industry in the early 1800s.

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