ROSS WINANS Biography - Pioneers, Explorers & inventors


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Name: Ross Winans                                                                   
Born: 1796                                                                           
Died: 1877                                                                           
Ross Winans (1796-1877) was an American inventor, mechanic, and builder of           
locomotives and railroad machinery. He is also noted for design of pioneering       
cigar-hulled ships. Winans, one of the United States' first multi-millionaires,     
was also involved politics and was a vehement states' rights advocate. His           
outspoken anti-federal stance as a member of the Maryland legislature led to his     
arrest during the early period of the American Civil War. Winans was related to     
James McNeill Whistler through marriage (Whistler's brother George married           
Winans' daughter Julia).