Robert Fulton, by Charles Willson Peale, from life, 1807.
flipFlip to "A View of the Birth Place of Robert Fulton," Lancaster County, PA, hand-colored lithograph, Reigart & Dellinger, 1856.
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Head and shoulders, oil  on canvas

Credit: Independence National Historical Park

Born and raised in Lancaster County, PA, Robert Fulton moved to England in 1787 to study painting. He soon turned to engineering, however, and designed a canal-digging machine, prefabricated iron bridge, explosive underwater mines, and a submarine. Fulton remained in Europe until December, 1806, when he returned to the United States to build the nation's first successful steamboat, with partner with Robert Livingston.

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