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Charles A. Coffin

General Electric Company

1892 - 1913

Fabricated Goods

pre-1900 b. 1844
Born-Died1844 - 1926
BirthplaceMaine (ME)
Era - pre-1900

Coffin led General Electric into the production of other electrical products besides arc lights, including railway motors and alternating generators and transformers. In the late 1890s, Coffin was able to negotiate a patent agreement with Westinghouse Electric, which essentially created a duopoly for many electrical manufacturing products. In 1901, Coffin established a full-scale research laboratory, which contributed not only to electrical development, but also to the advancement of pure science. With Coffin at the helm, General Electricís capitalization grew from $35 million to $184 million.