Oliver Evans was born in Newport, Delaware back in 1755 to Charles and Ann. The family moved to Red Clay Creek just north of Newport. From what I’ve read he had little to no formal education. At 17 he was working as a wheelwright and wagon-maker.
When the Revolutionary War began, he was 19 enlisting in a Delaware militia company however, he saw no active service. His first notoriety happened when he was just 22, more on that later. From 1783 to 1790 he turned his attention to the milling of flour. Anyway, my word limit is fast approaching so let’s to it.
You may not know the name but you will recognize his accomplishments. He was an American inventor a pioneer of automation, materials handling and steam power. He designed and built the first fully automated industrial process, the first high-pressure stem engine and the first amphibious vehicle and the American automobile. When George Washington called upon Joseph Tatnall to thank him for the flour he provided to feed the Continental Army he saw an invention by Oliver. He was so impressed that he had his own gristmill at Mount Vernon converted to the “Evan’s system” in 1791.
My whole point in posting this is to make you wonder if the next great invention will come from college educated person or someone with a vision without that diploma on the wall. As always I’ll look forward to the comments.