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Nicholas J. Roosevelt (1767–1854):

Nicholas J. Roosevelt was an inventor and engineer, born in New York City. About 1797 he entered into an agreement with Robert R. Livingston and John Stevens to build a steamboat, the engine for which was to be constructed at his foundry in New Jersey.

 

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Dictionary of American Biography,
New York State Library call number: A,920.073,qD55a