John Stevens (1749–1838):
John Stevens was an engineer, inventor, promoter of steam transportation on water and on land (steamboats and railroads), born in New York City. He was a brother-in-law of Robert R. Livingston.
His petition to the U.S. Congress resulted in the Patent Law of 1790, the foundation of the present U.S. patent system.
* BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION from:
Dictionary of American Biography,
New York State Library call number: A,920.073,qD55a