Samuel Morey papers, 1793 - 1860Manuscript MS-150

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Samuel Morey papers, 1793 - 1860

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-150

Collection Dates:

1793 - 1860

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)


Samuel Morey (1762-1843), inventor. The papers consist of correspondence, patent agreements, patents, certificates, clippings, deeds and a sketch of Morey.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Samuel Morey contain correspondence with J.L. and Benjamin Sullivan regarding his patents, as well as patent agreements and official certificates for his patents, including his patents for a vapor engine and steam powered spit. Correspondence with family members, as well as clippings, a sketch of Morey, deeds and business correspondence are also included.


Samuel Morey was born on October 23, 1762 in Hebron, Connecticut. In 1768, the family moved to Orford, New Hampshire. From early on in his life, Morey experimented with steam power and in 1790, was able to harness steam from a kettle to turn the spit in his fireplace. In 1793, he used the same principle to design the first steam boat with paddle wheels. By 1797, Morey had designed a crank-motion engine and build a steamship with side panels. However, it was Robert Fulton who took home the commercial success of steamboats. Morey also patented wind, water, and tide mills, made improvements in steam engines and boilers and in 1826, patented an internal combustion engine. He also devised a series of locks to aid navigation on the Connecticut River. Morey died on April 17, 1843.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1793-1936

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Box: 1, Dates: 1796-1936

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Letters written by Samuel Morey, 1819-1830
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Letters to Samuel Morey, 1826-1847
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Letters to Mary B. Colburn, 1837-1847
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: J.L. and Benjamin Sullivan, circa 1837-1845
  • Folder: 5, Correspondence: Samuel Morey, with photostats of inventions, 1800-1833
  • Folder: 6, Correspondence: Letters to Hannah Morey, circa 1803-1815
  • Folder: 7, Correspondence: Letters to Samuel Morey from family members, 1796-1827
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: Handcopied letters to and from Daniel Webster, 1842, undated
  • Folder: 9, Correspondence: Letters from Helen to mother and father, 1853-1859
  • Folder: 10, Correspondence: Miscellaneous, circa 1827-1860
  • Folder: 11, Clippings on Samuel Morey, 1931-1938
  • Folder: 12, Deeds and property transfers, 1820-1838
  • Folder: 13, Statement regarding Indian steamboat, undated
  • Folder: 14, List of Morey's patents with receipts, undated
  • Folder: 15, Pencil sketch of Samuel Morey, undated
  • Folder: 16, Patent agreements and descriptions, undated
  • Folder: 17, Advertisement: J. M. Warden, Bradford, VT, undated
  • Folder: 18, Reprint: "Samuel Morey, a pioneer of Science in America," by Frederick H. Getman, 1936

Box: 2, Dates: 1793-1817

Official government signed patent certificates

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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