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Steamer Clermont
Fulton's steamer, Clermont, named after Livingston's estate

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Statesman Robert R. Livingston Was Born
November 27, 1746

Livingston was one of the founders of the Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, Arts and Manufactures. George Washington, whom Livingston swore into office as the first president in 1789, shared Livingston's interests in agriculture and frequently wrote him letters discussing the topic. Along with one letter, Washington sent Livingston a pamphlet on growing potatoes. Livingston made a lot of steam with his brother-in-law, inventor John Stevens, when they experimented with steam navigation. Livingston also supported Robert Fulton, whose steamship, Clermont, named for Livingston's estate in New York, became the first successful steam-propelled vessel. As you can see, Robert R. Livingston was not just full of steam.
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