Asa Whitney

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Asa Whitney

Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 4 Jun 1874 (aged 82)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section E, Lot 31
Memorial ID 11365599 · View Source
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Business Magnate. Inventor. Working for his blacksmith father, and in machine shops, he learned mechanical and technical trades. In the 1820's he worked as a wheelwright; in 1830 he started working for the Mohawk and Hudson Railroad, constructing railroad cars and installing machinery. From 1833 to 1839 he was the line's superintendent. Because of his mechanical knowledge and ability, he became canal commissioner for New York State in 1839. In 1840 he received a patent for a steam locomotive, and from 1842 to 1846 he was in partnership with locomotive builder Matthias Baldwin. In 1849 he formed Asa Whitney and Sons, manufacturing an improved cast-iron railroad wheel which he had invented and patented. He soon became the largest manufacturer of car wheels in the country. In 1860-1861 he served as president of Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.

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