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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) [Patent for Hercules Thomas' invention of the Herculean Hub, an improvement in hubs for carriage wheels]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06595 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 8 February 1828 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by Adams as President. Countersigned by Henry Clay as Secretary of State and William Wirt as Attorney General. Thomas' description of the Herculean Hub is signed by [Charles?] Dwight and [Angus?] Peabody as witnesses. Sealed and bound with green ribbon.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Dwight, [Charles], fl. 1828.
Peabody, [Angus?], fl. 1828.
Thomas, Hercules, fl. 1828.
Wirt, William, 1772-1834.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Transportation, Science and Technology, Patent, Invention, Inventor, Government and Civics, President

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform