This Day in Georgia History
February 01, 1788
Longstreet Briggs Steam Engine Patent
The Georgia legislature awarded Augusta inventor William Longstreet and his associate Isaac Briggs a patent for a steam engine. In 1807, their engine was used to power a boat on a five-mile journey against the current on the Savannah River. Unfortunately for the Georgians, only days before, Robert Fulton had successfully sailed his new steamboat – the Clermont – from New York City up the Hudson River to Albany.