This Day in Founding Founders History - Where we bring you important dates in the lives and history of the Founding Generation. Two birthdays on this day, one an inventor, philanthropist, and one-time candidate for President, the other a Puritan minister and author. Find out who they are in today's Founding Fathers History.
On this day in 1830, the first successful American steam locomotive, the “Tom Thumb,” built by Peter Cooper, carried the B&O directors in a passenger car to Ellicott’s Mills, 13 miles away. The passengers were amazed at the locomotive’s speed, said to be between 10-18 miles per hour. The B&O used horses to pull rail cars at that time but Cooper built a coal-powered steam engine to move materials from an ironworks he had purchased. Find out what else happened on This Day in Founders History at mikechurch.com