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Winans, Ross 1796-1877 Inventor; born in Vernon, N. J. October, 1796; showed an inventive bent early in life; and was sent to England as an agent of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to examine English railroad systems. Returning to the United States he constructed the first locomotive used with success on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He also designed the eightwheeled car and the camel-back locomotive; founded in Baltimore the most extensive railway machine works in the United States. He was chosen to the extra session of the legislature of Maryland in 1861, but was made a prisoner in Fort McHenry. He died in Baltimore, Md., April 11, 1877.