DANIEL BUSHNELL [Steel Engraved Portrait]

By: Cushing, Thomas

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1 pages; A steel engraved portrait of Daniel Bushnell extracted from Cushing's History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Including its Early Settlement... also Portraits of Some of its Prominent Men. Chicago: A. Warner & Co., 1889. The portrait measures 10" by 7" with the image and facsimile autograph centered; protective tissue guard in place. Engraved by A. Warner & Co. Daniel Bushnell was born in 1808 in New York City where his father worked as a ship-carpenter in the same yards where Robert Fulton built his first steamboats. In 1813 the Bushnell family moved to Pittsburgh whence Daniel's father was dispatched by Fulton to aid in building steamboats for the Western waters. In 1839 Daniel Bushnell embarked on the coal business on the Monongahela River just north of Pittsburgh. Through many trials and tribulations, Bushnell developed new methods and vehicles for transporting the coal and built the towboat The Black Diamond. He finally convinced a young river captain to try his boat -- Capt. J. J. Vandergrift. In 1861 Bushnell abandoned coal and embarked on the oil trade on the Allegheny River. In connection with J.J. Vandergrift, Bushnell commenced buying crude and selling it down river. Together they developed the idea of transporting the oil in bulkboats under the deck instead of the barrels then popularly employed. This greatly increased their capacity and reuced their overhead. Both gents became quite wealthy and very prominent citizens of Pittsburgh.

Title: DANIEL BUSHNELL [Steel Engraved Portrait]

Author Name: Cushing, Thomas

Categories: Biography and Autobiography, 19th Century, Americana and American History,

Publisher: Chicago, A. Warner Co.: 1889

Binding: Print

Book Condition: Very Good

Size: 8vo

Seller ID: 35295

Keywords: Pennsylvania History Pittsburgh Daniel Bushnell Early Oil Industry Petroleum Business in Pennsylvania River Transport