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George Westinghouse

Westinghouse Electric Company

1885 - 1911

Fabricated Goods

Military ServiceArmy
pre-1900 b. 1846
male
Personal
Born-Died1846 - 1914
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - pre-1900

Westinghouse helped to revolutionize the power industry with his electric company. A prolific inventor, Westinghouse figured out a way to adapt Europe’s alternating current technology to American needs, creating two-phase adapters that allowed people to use the new power system. The so-called “Battle of the Currents” ensued as Westinghouse fought with the larger, older Edison General Electric. Though the latter’s size ultimately forced the former into bankruptcy, Westinghouse’s contribution to the power industry remains one of the most important.