Oliver Blackburn was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania back in 1860 to Aaron and Mary. After graduating from the public schools, he attended Beaver College, then went on to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, graduating third in his class in 1880. He was assigned to the flagship Lancaster, returning to the United States in 1883.
After his service to this country he found employment with the Union Switch and Signal Company in Pittsburgh. He became Chief Electrician spending winters in Colorado and his summer in Rochester at their research laboratories. He resigned in 1891, due to poor health but continued as a Consulting Electrician.
In 1897, he organized the Colorado Electric Power Company where he was its President until his death in 1898. What you may not know about Oliver Blackburn Shallenberger is that he is most noted for inventing the first successful alternating current electrical meter, the forerunner of the modern electric meter.
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