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David Rittenhouse

1732 - 1796

 
 
David Rittenhouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
1. David Rittenhouse Marker
Inscription.
The eminent patriot, scientist and first director of the United States Mint was born at this site. This sundial commemorates his triumphs in the fields of astronomy and horology.

Presented to the Friends of
Historic RittenhouseTown by the National
Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
in memory of our mutual member
Dr. James W. Gibbs.
April 1991

 
Erected 1991.
 
Location. 40° 1.762′ N, 75° 11.385′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is accessible from the parking area for Rittenhouse Town off Lincoln Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rittenhouse Homestead (here, next to this marker); Colonial Herb Garden (a few steps from this marker); Rittenhouse Town (within shouting distance of this marker); Rittenhousetown Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jacob Rittenhouse Home at RittenhouseTown
David Rittenhouse Marker and Sundial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
2. David Rittenhouse Marker and Sundial
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of Germantown (about 400 feet away); Dr. Mary Davis Ridgway (about 800 feet away); Ten Box Shelter (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .  Historic RittenhouseTown – A National Landmark District. (Submitted on October 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
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Marker at the Rittenhouse Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
3. Marker at the Rittenhouse Homestead
The David Rittenhouse marker and sundial can be seen here on the left.
Rittenhouse Homestead - Established 1690 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
4. Rittenhouse Homestead - Established 1690
David Rittenhouse was born in this house in 1732.
David Rittenhouse image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. David Rittenhouse
This 1796 portrait of David Rittenhouse by Charles Willson Peale hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“A child prodigy who received no formal education, David Rittenhouse became one of early America's most respected scientists and is depicted here as president of the American Philosophical Society. Rittenhouse made his living as a clock-and instrument-maker; his mathematical skills earned him service on commissions determining the boundaries of several states. He constructed two orreries, instruments that accurately depict the motions of the solar system for 5,000 years, backwards and forwards. Rittenhouse achieved international fame when, acting on John Ewing's proposal, he organized the Philosophical Society's participation in an international effort to measure the transit of Venus. This allowed astronomers to more accurately measure distances to celestial objects. Rittenhouse's published observations, along with those of other American scientists, attracted favorable reactions in Europe, bringing a new recognition of American scientific achievement.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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