Edwin Holmes was born in West Boylston, Massachusetts back in 1820 to Thomas and Sally. He started in business selling household items and entrepreneur. In 1853, he applied and received a patent for something that had never been thought of before, which of course is the rest of the story.
Initially people were skeptical about using his invention as his business at first did not go over well. In order to improve his business, he packed up and moved to New York in 1859 in search of a bigger market. He targeted businesses instead of homes. By 1866 there were some 1,200 devices installed in businesses. In 1877, he established the first network of the devices monitored by a central location.
Inn 1878, he became the president of the newly established Bell Phone Company. He found out he could use the phone lines for the installation of his device. The American Telephone and Telegraph Company bought his system in 1905 for a $100,000.00 however, he kept his right to the use of the phone lines.
Now you may be asking yourself what was that device? Well I’m so glad you did for you see he is credited for the invention of the first electrical burglar alarm system. In died in 1901. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.