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 David Rittenhouse

David Rittenhouse

Birth
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 26 Jun 1796 (aged 64)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section P, Lot 61-62
Memorial ID 22735 · View Source
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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.

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  • Added: 13 Jun 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22735
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David Rittenhouse (8 Apr 1732–26 Jun 1796), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22735, citing Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .