Was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; went at an early age to England to study Painting, but his genius, leading him more to the study of Mechanics and Engineering, [and] he cultivated those talents in various parts of Europe. On his return to America he distinguished himself by contriving simple and effective machinery for steamboat navigation, which is now extending to every part of the United States. His first publication was a treatise on island navigation, in which he explains various improvements. [P. 46.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.