Peter Cooper By: Alex Willis

His Life

  • born 2/12/1791, New York City
  • died 4/4/1883
  • married Sarah Cooper
  • had 2 kids
  • ran for president
  • industrialist and inventor

Charity Work

  • founded the Children's village - non-profit organization
  • founded Cooper Union - courses in science, engineering, art
Cooper Union Building


  • built steam locomotive for U.S.
  • bought steam mill
  • worked in railroad and mining industries

Peter Cooper's Steam Locomotive

The Steam Locomotive

  • called Tom Thumb
  • built in 1830
  • for Baltimore and Ohio Railroad
  • first to operate on common-carrier railroad

Photo Credits:


Created with images by rollingrck - "Cooper Union postcards 01"

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