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Winans, Thomas de Kay, 1820-1878

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role Collector Patron
dates 1820-1878
city Baltimore
other citiesNewport, RI; Moscow, Russia;
gender M
historical notes Art collector, locomotive engineer and one of the partners of the major locomotive firm Harrison, Winans and Eastwick (organized to handle the construction of the St. Petersburg - Moscow railroad). In 1843 he went to Russia to take charge of the mechanical department, contracted to equip the railroad with locomotives and other rolling stock in 5 years, and established the Alexandroffsky Mechanical Works. He returned to the USA in 1851, but was recalled to Russia for a new construction in 1866. Business interests were taken over by the Russian government with the payment of a large bonus in 1868.

He became director of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and established a soup station outside his house during the Civil War. He devised with his father a cigar-shaped hull for transatlantic steamers, 1859, and devoted the rest of his life to creating a series of ingenious inventions, including improvements in organs, pianos, ventilation, and plumbing.

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Maryland Historical Society, Library Winans papers (MS 916) see details...
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