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Cameron Beach Waterman (1878 - 1955)

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Cameron Beach "Skipper" Waterman
Born in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan USAmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Pittsburgh, PAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jun 2015
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Categories: Detroit, Michigan | Grosse Pointe, Michigan | Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan | 1940 United States Federal Census.


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Cameron Beach Waterman was born on December 20, 1878, in Detroit, Michigan, the child of Cameron Davenport Waterman and Elizabeth "Lillie" Hall Beach.

Add in his one brother, Ira Davenport Waterman.

He was a graduate of Yale University and in his senior year, as captain of the crew team, won the Yale-Harvard race.

He married Lois Fleming Miller on October 18, 1904, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had three children during their marriage.

After graduating from Yale Law school, he became a patent lawyer.

He served in WWII and invented a "machine shop truck" to repair equipment on site. There are photos of his truck in the files of Cameron Waterman III. Does anyone know what he repaired? I'm thinking it was airplanes, but am not confident about that.

Of all his accomplishments, Cameron Beach Waterman is most known for being the inventor of the first successful gasoline powered outboard motor.[1]

He lived his life in the Detroit area, but traveled extensively. An outdoorsman, he spent vacations traveling with relatives and friends to remote areas , including a cabin on the Batchawana River in Canada? Michigan, and to a hunting and fishing club in the Upper Peninsula Michigan (Huron Mountain Club) It appears that he was equally at home in the woods as he was dressed in black tie.

He died on April 19, 1955, in his hometown, at the age of 76, and was buried at the Elmwood Cemetery.


  1. Reference to Cameron B. Waterman on wikipedia's outboard motor site. [1]
  • Bio written by [Bingham-1251|Tiff Cunningham] by recollection of stories through the years.
  • For information about Cameron B. Waterman and the Elmwood Cemetery, click here. [2]
  • 1940 US Census; head: Cameron B. Waterman (indexed as Camerou [sic]) age 61; wife: Lois, age 57; son: Ruben [sic], age 29. [3]

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