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Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) [Patent for William Willis' improvement in the two-cylinder atmospheric steam engine, or generating steam engine]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00065 Author/Creator: Adams, John Quincy (1767-1848) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 14 November 1826 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Signed by John Quincy Adams as President. Countersigned by Henry Clay as Secretary of State and William Wirt as Attorney General. Willis' description of his improvement is signed by Horace Atley and Robert Browne as witnesses. Contains a receipt for thirty dollars attached to the back of page one signed by Thomas Tudor Tucker, United States Treasurer. Sealed and bound with blue ribbon and accompanied by a paper seal.

People: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Atley, Horace, fl. 1826.
Browne, Robert, fl. 1826.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Tucker, Thomas Tudor, 1745-1828.
Willis, William, fl. 1826.
Wirt, William, 1772-1834.

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Science and Technology, President, Patent, Steam

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform