George Lewis.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

George Louis was born in Kortrjik, Belgium back in 1871.  He resided in Brussels attaining a degree in chemistry from the University of Bonn in Germany.  Around 1897 he arrived in the United States taking up residence in New York.  It was while in Central America around 1906 that he had an idea for something.  When he arrived back in New York in 1909 that he started his own company producing his invention.  He was an important military supplier during WWI.

He became a naturalized American in 1918.  He owned an 18-bedroom country home in Brookhaven, New York.  He had a soft spot for animals and could often be seen with rare birds or a monkey on his shoulder.  During the 1920 presidential election in South Dakota his name was briefly put forward to run for President.  He held over 2 dozen patents.  He died in 1946 at 74.

What you may not know about George Constant Louis Washington is that he is most noted for his invention of an early instant coffee process.  His other patents were in the field of hydrocarbon lamps, cameras and food processing. 

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Comments (15)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Never heard of George but it is obvious he did well for himself! Enjoy your day.

Oct 24, 2018 03:53 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray instant coffee?? instant coffee is what I love to drink every morning.... decaf instant.... caffeine is not a healthy element...

Oct 24, 2018 04:11 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was great for some but I have never had a taste of instant coffee.

Oct 24, 2018 05:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Interesting, James.  Unfortunately, he was not qualified to run for president as they need to be naturally born citizens.

Oct 24, 2018 05:57 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I thank him for the coffee press every morning!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Oct 24, 2018 06:05 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That's a fun one James Dray . I wish he would have continued his work on instant cooffe... 100 years later and it still tastes like crap!

Oct 24, 2018 06:14 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am sure my Mother would thank him being an instant coffee person.

Oct 24, 2018 07:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I am sure many appreciated his invention...I am not fond of instant coffee at all. A

Oct 24, 2018 08:11 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. A really good read here. I like the aninal lover part.

Oct 24, 2018 08:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  I am glad that he came to America and got in, not sure about people getting in anymore.


Oct 24, 2018 08:59 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - People love their coffee and the quicker you can get it, the better.  He knew people and his idea was a gold mine!

Oct 24, 2018 09:26 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have an idea, maybe you could start telling us about these people with yourself on video?  Would love to hear you pronounce some of the names, haha.

Oct 24, 2018 11:44 AM
James Dray

Exactly why I put it in writing sir.  

Oct 24, 2018 03:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I love reading about inventors. I do love coffee but instant coffee?  Only if there is nothing else!!!

Oct 24, 2018 04:40 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 What a wide range of skills this man must’ve had to have patents in so many areas, James ....

Oct 24, 2018 10:57 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James so he is the one we complained about in the military when we drank the "instant coffee"?:)Endre

Oct 24, 2018 11:02 PM