Later, John Ericsson also explored what are now called alternative energy sources, such as solar power, tidal, and wind power, putting him a good century ahead of his time. Of course, most of his ideas were considered impossible then - but they provide another proof of the great engineering mind John had.
In his life John Ericsson was a disciplined man, exercising daily, eating regularly, and abstaining from alcohol except for on special social occasions. By the time he was 80, John Ericsson was a favorite son of New York City, and after he died in 1889, the city arranged a parade down Broadway in his honor.
A few years later, a bronze statue of Ericsson was unveiled in Battery Park, and even now, on John Ericsson’s birthday, July 31, a wreath is placed at his monument.
His son, Hjalmar Ericsson (born back in Sweden and raised by John’s mother) grew up to be a railway engineer - and a brilliant one as well.