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This Day In Founding Fathers History – 12 February

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.
12
February 2016

This Day In Founders History – 28 August

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
28
August 2012