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Stevens, Edwin Augustus 1795-1868 Philanthropist; born in Hoboken, N. J., July 28, 1795; had large interests with his brother, Robert Livingston Stevens, in navigation and railroads. In 1842 he invented an air-tight fire-room, which later was adopted in all great navies of the world. He was the founder of Stevens's Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, to which he bequeathed $150,000 for the building, and an endowment of $500,000. He died in Paris, France, Aug. 8, 1868.