Oliver Blackburn

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.

Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face, pass it on to someone you see, who knows you may get one or two in return.

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Comments (15)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray are you telling us that because of Oliver Blackburn we are charged for our electric use and a laundry list of OTHER CHARGES ON THAT BILL????

Jul 16, 2018 04:39 AM
James Dray

I'm not making such as charge.  LOL

Jul 16, 2018 07:37 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

that sure was a important invention, stay cool and enjoy your week.

Jul 16, 2018 04:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The good old electric meter. The smart meter we had in Florida was disliked by many! Enjoy your day! 

Jul 16, 2018 05:06 AM
Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Southampton, NY
...A Local Expert in all The Hamptons

Hi James: Thanks for letting us know that! It may seem like minutia to some but it certainly lets us understand better just how this phenomena of electricity has been made more manageable!..and usable!

Jul 16, 2018 05:36 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. What an interesting read and great guy. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 16, 2018 06:21 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

So we have found the man resosible for our electric bills James...

Jul 16, 2018 07:14 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Without his efforts, we wouldn't likely be enjoying the world as much as we do with electricity, haha.

Jul 16, 2018 07:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Another good one to know, not sure about how he would feel about all the solar panel now in our state.


Jul 16, 2018 07:43 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

There are sio many inventors who have in a small way added to others like themselves that add up to big things.

Jul 16, 2018 08:24 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice post, you are inspiring us to appreciate people who have contributed to things that we take for granted.  A

Jul 16, 2018 08:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Good one James. I wonder if Liz and Bill Spear heard of this gentleman. 

Jul 16, 2018 11:23 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - I am sure that turned the corner between AC and DC.  Thomas Edison was on the side of DC, much more dangerous.

Jul 16, 2018 12:16 PM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

More fascinating history James Dray now if he could have just invented the meter without the billing...with the A/C running, my meter is madly spinning!  LOL

Jul 16, 2018 12:54 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Great post learn so much when vistiting your post James Dray -- until tomorrow

Jul 16, 2018 01:35 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Always so interesting to learn of these high achievers and the role they played in making our lives better.

Jul 17, 2018 05:07 AM

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