Thursday, 4 August 2016

TimeWatch Agents - Benjamin Bradley

Today's new recruit is Benjamin Bradley, slave, engineer, and inventor. Born a slave in Maryland around 1830, as a teenager he was put to work in an office where he built a working steam engine from scrap metal. His skills were so impressive that he was given a job as an assistant in the science department of the United States Naval Academy. He was paid in full, but his owner kept all of the monies bar $5/month. Nonetheless, Benjamin saved and ended up purchasing his own freedom. He also designed and built a steam engine large enough to power a warship, but because he was a slave, could not hold a patent.

Benjamin Bradley on Wikipedia

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