Peter Cooper

Peter Cooper

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 4 Apr 1883 (aged 92)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 97/101, Lot 3932
Memorial ID 229 · View Source
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Inventor, Philanthropist. A Native of New York City, New York, as a child he helped his father at brewing, hat-making and brick making before beginning his career as an apprentice to a coach maker. After three years learning to make coaches he used his manufacturing experiences to venture into the entrepreneurial world. During his life he owned businesses that made machinery, furniture, glue and iron. In 1825 he invented and built "Tom Thumb," the famous prototype for the steam locomotive and in 1845 he received the first patent for the manufacturing of gelatin. He sold this patent to Pearl Waite who prepackaged it and sold the product under the brand name "Jell-O". He also made a machine to make wheel hubs, invented a rotary steam engine and patented a musical cradle. He was instrumental in laying the first Atlantic communication cable from Ireland to the coast of Canada. In 1859 he established the Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art. Located in New York City, this institution still exists as a private, full scholarship college offering the underprivileged the opportunity to receive an education. He died at the age of ninety-two of pneumonia.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 229
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Cooper (12 Feb 1791–4 Apr 1883), Find a Grave Memorial no. 229, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .