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Stephenson, George (1781–1848), colliery and railway engineer, was born at Wylam, 8 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne in the county of Northumberland, on 9 June 1781. He was the second son of Robert Stephenson, foreman at the Wylam colliery pumping engine. His mother, ...

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George Stephenson (1781–1848) by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, pubd 1849 (after John Lucas, 1847) © National Portrait Gallery, London