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Distinguished American motoring historians have spent thousands of hours trying to establish the details and an accurate chronology for the work of steam car pioneer George Eli Whitney of Boston, Massachusetts, and yet there is still much that is uncertain about his work. However, it is generally agreed that he completed his first automobile in 1896 and founded the Whitney Motor Wagon Company the following year. Five cars had been built by the end of 1897, and although all his steamers had the common feature of a vertical two-cylinder engine attached to the boiler, because Whitney was an "inveterate tinkerer" no two were exactly the same. He devoted more of his energy to patenting his inventions and pursuing others over alleged infringement of his ideas than he did to actually making automobiles and he left the industry soon after the turn of the century.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

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