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David Rittenhouse
Birth: Apr. 8, 1732
Germantown
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jun. 26, 1796
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Astronomer, Inventor. Pioneered the science of Astronomy, building the first telescope in the United States, introducing cross-hairs on telescope lenses, and constructing orreries (which are models of planetary motion). During the Revolutionary War he served on the Council of Safety, and in the Pennsylvania Constitution convention. Served as first director of the United States Mint from 1792 to 1795. In 1796 he worked on surveys and commissions that defined the boundries of the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania from 1779 to 1782. Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square is named for him. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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 Spouses:
  Eleanor Coulston Rittenhouse (____ - 1770)*
  Hannah Jacobs Rittenhouse (1735 - 1799)*
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Rittenhouse Sergeant (1767 - 1836)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section P, Lot 61-62
 
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Originally Created by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jun 13, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 22735
David Rittenhouse
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David Rittenhouse
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
David Rittenhouse
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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