A family quarrel, steamboats and US patent law

If all family disagreements resulted in innovations and progress, the world would be a far better place. A quarrel between Colonel Stevens and Robert Livingston resulted in the establishment of steamboat operations on the Hudson as well as in the creation of US patent law. Colonel Stevens, a man of many talents and a founder…

Snapping Turtles and Founding Fathers

It’s very hard to imagine Aaron Burr peacefully sharing a meal with Alexander Hamilton. However, as it turns out, both of them used to belong to an early gourmet organization called the “Hoboken Turtle Club.” They were joined by other founding fathers – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, to name a few, who…

Colonel John Stevens – the Founder of Hoboken

The city of Hoboken was founded by Colonel John Stevens – a patriot, attorney, civic-minded inventor, city planner, engineer, and founder of America’s first family of engineers. John Stevens was born in 1749 in New York City. He was raised and educated in New York where he graduated from the King’s College (now Columbia) with…