- Mar 16, 2016
Born July 31, 1803 / Died March 8, 1889
Swedish born inventor John Ericsson came to America in 1839. He is best known for his work with USS Monitor. However, he had many other interests. Locomotives, propellers, engines, built-up guns, torpedoes, condensers, and unfortunately for his reputation - USS Princeton. Never one to be shy with his thoughts, cantankerous was one word used to describe him. He always held a grudge against the USN after the 1844 Peacemaker accident and Capt. Robert Stockton's slander of him. Discovering a friendship with Cornelius H. DeLamater, Ericsson's intellect found support and was allowed to blossom.
John Ericsson died on the anniversary of the Battle of Hampton Roads.