Otis Tufts

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Otis Tufts I
Born (1804-02-14)February 14, 1804
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died November 5, 1869(1869-11-05) (aged 65)
Boston, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Sarah Caroline Oliver (m. 1824–69)
Children Otis Tufts II
Parent(s) Stephen Tufts
Lucy Frost
Relatives Robert Channing Seamans, Jr., greatgrandson

Otis Tufts (February 14, 1804 - November 5, 1869) was a machinist and inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver.[1]


Otis Tufts was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1804 to Stephen Tufts and Lucy Frost Tufts. He had a twin brother, Joseph Tufts who died on July 24, 1807. On April 1, 1824 he married Sarah Caroline Oliver (1803-1868), in Malden, Massachusetts. Sarah was the daughter of William Oliver and Sarah Caroline Cheever. Together they had four children: Sarah, Eliza, Caroline and Otis.[2]

In 1837, he built a steam-operated printing press. He built the first double-hulled iron steamship and the first vessel constructed of all iron in the United States based on the designs of John Ericsson. Tufts also invented the steam pile driver. He died in Massachusetts in 1869 at the age of 65.[3]


  1. ^ Dennis Hevesi (July 3, 2008). "R. C. Seamans Jr., NASA Figure, Dies at 89". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-03. His great-great-grandfather Otis Tufts constructed the first steam-operated printing press in the United States and invented the steam pile driver. 
  2. ^ "Otis Tufts". Rootsweb. Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Otis Tufts". Elevator Museum. Retrieved 2008-07-03.