As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we remember the early United States presidents who helped to mold the USA into the international powerhouse it is today. Their courage, perseverance, hard work, and wisdom created a nation known for its freedom and opportunity. But what else are these presidents known for? Several United States presidents were also inventors, creating products which added convenience to everyday life.
George Washington is not only the father of the country, but also the creator of several farming inventions. Farming was his hobby and lifestyle, so he sought to improve his methods and tools. Washington created a “drill plow,” which was a wheeled plow carrying a holed barrel, arranged so that as the plow went forward, the barrel turned, dropping seeds into the ground. His innovation created a convenient way to plant seeds which reduced labor and manpower.
Thomas Jefferson was likely the most prolific presidential inventor. As one of Virginia’s largest planters, he considered agriculture to be “a science of the very first order,” and made it a priority to invent farm machinery. Jefferson developed a plow which could dig deeper than any plow could at that time. Based on a mathematical equation, Jefferson’s plow was made of iron and mould board and was ideal for hillside plowing and erosion prevention. The third president also invented a macaroni machine which made it more convenient to make pasta.
Abraham Lincoln is known as one of the most prolific presidents of all time. He helped to build the railroads, represented country folk as a lawyer, became one of the youngest congressmen, emancipated the slaves, and had his face carved into Mount Rushmore. Lincoln was also the only United States president to hold a patent. Although it was never manufactured, Lincoln designed and patented a design for “Buoying Vessels Over Shoals,” a flotation system for lifting riverboats stuck on sandbars. Lincoln was very interested in water transportation and canal building, and dedicated some of his time to the improvement of waterways.
The United States presidents have been great examples of well-rounded leaders. Politicians, businessman, generals, scientists, and even inventors make up the men that have led America since fighting for its independence.
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