Link to Legacies Home Page Link to National Museum of American History About Legacies Tour the Exhibit Most Intriguing Objects Most Popular Objects Take the Collector Quiz A Treasure House A Shrine to the Famous A Palace of Progress A Mirror of America From Artifacts to America Exhibit Search Buy the Book Smithsonian Press--Legacies--3Palace of Progress--Patent model and application submitted by Abraham Lincoln, "Method of Buoying Vessels over Shoals," 1849

Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian, by Steven Lubar and Kathleen M. Kendrick
You are here: Palace of Progress > Engineering and Industry: 1900-1950

Patent model and application submitted by Abraham Lincoln, Patent model and application submitted by Abraham Lincoln, "Method of Buoying Vessels over Shoals," 1849

The only American president to receive a patent, Lincoln came up with this idea in 1848, a result of being stranded on sandbars during his boat travels. Although his device was never manufactured, Lincoln held a life-long interest in technology and the inventive process. The Smithsonian acquired this model from the Patent Office in 1908.

See also: Patent Models, Presidential Memorabilia, Science and Scientists, Ships, Transportation, Intriguing Objects

Return to the Legacies Home Page

Privacy  |  Terms of Use