Robert Fulton Fact File: Lifespan: 1765 – 1815 *** Full Name: Robert Fulton *** Occupation: American Engineer and Inventor *** Date of Birth: Robert Fulton was born November 14th 1765 *** Place of Birth: Robert Fulton was born in Little Britain, Pennsylvania, USA *** Family background: His father was Robert Fulton and both his parents were originally from Ireland. He had four siblings, Isabella, Elizabeth, Mary and Abraham *** Early life and childhood: He grew up on the family farm but this was lost in 1771 when the farm failed and was foreclosed on by the bank. The family then moved on to Lancaster and his father died in 1774 *** Education: Robert Fulton began his education at home learning to read and write and from the age of eight was sent to attend a Quaker school ***
Robert Fulton Fact 1: Robert
Fulton was born on November 14th
1765 and during the 18th century
period in history when France and
America both went through
revolutions and the Industrial
Revolution began in Britain.
Robert Fulton Fact 9: He
decided to move to Manchester in
1794 to gather some practical
experience of English engineering
Robert Fulton Fact 17: By
1804 Fulton decided to return to
England and William Pitt, the
British Prime Minister, commissioned
him to build a series of weapons to
be used by the Royal Navy as a
result of invasion alarms by
Robert Fulton Fact 20: In collaboration with Robert Livingstone they built a commercial steamboat, the first, North River Steamboat, which was a passenger carrier. Later called the Clermont, the vessel was capable of a one hundred and fifty mile trip in thirty two hours from New York City to Albany, New York.
Robert Fulton Fact 21: His last design would be for a steam driven warship built specifically for the United States Navy and used during the War of 1812. Unfortunately he would not see the completed vessel but in his honor it was named after him.
Robert Fulton Fact 22: Robert
Fulton died on February 24th 1815 as
a result of contracting
tuberculosis. He was laid to rest at
Trinity Church Cemetery for Trinity
Church (Episcopal) at Wall Street in
New York City.
Important Events of the era and during the life of Robert Fulton include: The American Revolution was fought and the United States Constitution was written in Philadelphia and the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland merged to become the United Kingdom.
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