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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.