Robert Stephenson, eminent British engineer, dies in London

Robert Stephenson was the only son of railway pioneer George Stephenson who had built the first regular working railway and designed the famous "Rocket" locomotive. Robert took the family company to new heights with an array of construction that included the famous Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straights in Wales and the 6,588 foot Victoria Bridge built in 1859 over the Saint Lawrence River at Montreal.  Stephenson died at his home in London aged fifty-six, one month after Isambard Kingdom Brunel, his fellow engineering giant. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1861 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1861), 400.
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