David Rittenhouse

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David Rittenhouse

David Rittenhouse (April 8, 1732June 26, 1796) was a renowned American astronomer, inventor, clockmaker, mathematician, surveyor, scientific instrument craftsman, and public official. Rittenhouse was a member of the American Philosophical Society and the first director of the United States Mint.


  • The direct tendency of (Astronomy) is to dilate the heart with universal benevolence, and to enlarge its views.
    • An Oration delivered February 24, 1775, before The American Philiosophical Society held at Philiadelphia, for promoting useful knowledge in William Barton (1813). Memoirs of the life of David Rittenhouse. Somerset Publishers, Incorporated. p. 569.  [1]

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