Thomas Jefferson and the Locomotive this essay is about the locomotive and when thomas jefferson was president.

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Thomas Jefferson and the lcomotive

Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd president of the United States, he was president from 1801-1809. He was the first Republican President; he was born on April 13, 1743 and died July 4, 1826. Thomas Jefferson was a natural born leader. He showed signs of a strong leader and a great supporter of liberty from an early age. He has contributed greatly to the independence of our country, and the stability to keep it alive. Some of the things Thomas Jefferson invented were a swivel chair, a pedometer, and a copying machine.

The locomotive was a very large technological advancement in America. Richard Trevithick invented it in 1804. The locomotive helped many products go places faster than ever before. It also transported building materials faster. The locomotive change America because houses would be built much slower also large buildings too. Now things can get to other places at a fast rate.

Richard Trevithick was born in Illogan, Cornwall, in 1771. Richard was educated at Camborne School but he was more interested in sports than school. He was six feet two inches tall and was known as the Cornish giant. He was very strong person and by the age of eighteen he could throw sledgehammers over the tops of houses and write his name on a beam six feet from the floor and a half-hundred weight hanging from his thumb. He also had the reputation of being one of the best wrestlers in Cornwall.

The first Trevithick high-pressure, double-acting steam engine worked a pump by a crossbeam in a Cornish mine in 1800. Later, Trevithick built the steam engine that is called "The Cornish Engine" this engine worked very well for a long period of time. He hoped to move a peak load...