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William Longstreet

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William Longstreet

William Longstreet (c.1760 inventor. He made a steamboat and improved the cotton gin.

Born in Allentown NJ as a boy, he moved to Robert Fulton's letter to the Earl of Stanhope announcing his theory “respecting the moving of ships by the means of steam.” Failing to obtain public aid at that time, Longstreet's invention remained for several years in abeyance until, at last securing funds from private sources, he was enabled to launch a boat on Savannah River, which moved against the current at the rate of five miles an hour. This was in 1807, a few days after Fulton had made a similarly successful experiment on the Hudson River.

Besides this invention, Longstreet patented a valuable improvement in British in 1812. These disasters exhausted his resources and discouraged his enterprise, though he was confident that steam would soon supersede all other motive

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