1788 – Born on June 24th in Sutton, Massachusetts. American inventor who made major contributions to the development of machine tools.
– As a boy he invented an apple parer and a tack-making machine for his brother’s factory.
1818 – As an employee of the Springfield (Massachusetts) Arsenal, he invented the lathe that duplicated the form of a pattern object by transmitting to the cutting tool the motion of a friction wheel rolling over the pattern.
1825 – He designed a steam carriage, and later he became interested in railroads but received no encouragement.
– He then turned to designing shallow-draft steamboats and produced several successful designs.
1864 – Died on April 16th in Boston, Massachusetts.