Tom Thumb was the first American-built steam locomotive to operate on a common-carrier . The Age of Invention: A Chronicle of Mechanical Conquest. The Tom Thumb was the nickname given to a steam locomotive designed by Peter By trade Cooper was a businessman but also an inventor and he hoped to. The first American-buiilt steam locomotive in the United States, the Tom Thumb, was cobbled together by inventor and businessman Peter.
In , inventor and businessman Peter Cooper developed and built a small coal-burning steam locomotive that was suitable for the B&O's planned right of. Syndicate members and friends piled into an open car pulled by a diminutive steam locomotive appropriately named the "Tom Thumb" with its inventor at the. Peter Cooper was not only an engineer, an inventor, an industrialist, and a with conical wheels and a steam-powered engine, Cooper built the "Tom Thumb" for It became the first steam locomotive to run in the U.S., "proving conclusively.
American inventor, manufacturer and philanthropist who built America's first steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb. He founded The Cooper Union for the. Peter Cooper: Peter Cooper, American inventor, manufacturer, and philanthropist who built the “Tom Thumb” locomotive and founded The Cooper Union for the. He eventually invented the Tom Thumb in , a year after he used his glue factory to It was the first steam locomotive invented in America.