Robert Hoe

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Robert Hoe (1784–1833), born in Leicestershire, England, was a master carpenter and machinist in the United States, to which he emigrated in 1803. In 1823 he became sole proprietor of the R. Hoe & Company, retiring in 1832. A skilled mechanic, he constructed and introduced the original Hoe press and was, it is thought, the earliest American machinist to utilize steam as a motive power in his plant.

Robert Hoe
Born29 October 1784
Died4 January 1833
ChildrenPeter Smith Hoe
Robert Hoe
Richard March Hoe
Engineering career


He was born in the village of Hose in Leicestershire, England. His parents were Richard Hoe and Ann March. [1]He was the father of Peter Smith Hoe (who resided at Sunnyslope), Richard March Hoe (1812-1886) and Robert Hoe (1815-1884). Richard became an inventor, developing the rotary printing press, which revolutionized newspaper publishing. Robert II (19 July 1815 New York City - 13 September 1884 Tarrytown, New York) was associated with his father and elder brother Richard in business. He was one of the founders of the National Academy of Design, and a patron of young artists. His son Robert Hoe III became a bibliophile. His art collection was sold by the American Art Association in 1911.[2]


  1. ^ Baptised Hose, Leicestershire 7 Nov 1784 Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland Archive reference DE2299/3
  2. ^ The Very Valuable Art Property of the late Robert Hoe (American Art Association, Sale Catalogue February 15th-25th 1911), Volume 2; (Internet Archive) Volume 3. (Internet Archive)


  • Wilson, J. G.; Fiske, J., eds. (1892). "Hoe, Robert" . Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton.
  • This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Peck, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Hoe (family)" . New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.

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