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NICOLSON, Samuel, inventor, born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 22 December, 1791; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 6 January, 1868. He engaged in commerce early in life, and became a partner in a large commission-house in Charleston, South Carolina Being compelled to return to New England on account of his wife's health, he was chosen superintendent of the Boston mill-dam company, and secretary of the Water-power company, which offices he filled for many years. He was the author of several valuable inventions, the most noteworthy of which were an improved steering-apparatus for vessels, and the wooden-block pavement that bears his name. This was adopted in several cities, and is well adapted for light travel. Subsequently a judicial decision rendered it of great pecuniary value.
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