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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
An American engineer, born in Pennsylvania; began life as a miniature portrait and landscape painter, in which he made some progress, but soon turned to engineering; he was one of the first to apply steam to the propulsion of vessels, and devoted much attention to the invention of submarine boats and torpedoes; he built a steamboat to navigate the Hudson River, with a very slow rate of progress however, making only five miles an hour (1615-1765).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Fulton, Robert'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/f/fulton-robert.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.