Charles Francis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Francis was born in Euclid, Ohio back in 1849 to Isaac and Delia. He attended Central High School in Cleveland graduating with honors in 1867. He received an undergraduate education from the University of Michigan and his PhD at Case Western Reserve University in 1880.

Before graduating he received his first U.S. Patent # 189,997 to which he continued to add improvements to it. His first project was the Philadelphia’s Wanamaker’s Grand Depot. By 1881, the cities of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Montreal, Buffalo, San Francisco and Cleveland had bought his services.   He died in 1929, he was 80.

What you may not know about Charles Francis Brush is that the patent he was granted was for what he called a “dynamo” (an electrical generator) for powering arc lights. His system was lighting Broadway two years before Edison’s Pearl Street Station. His system was so successful that Edison bought out Brush in 1889 merging his company into what is now General Electric in 1891.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible story and man. Well done.

Apr 26, 2019 03:04 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ah... that was a nice piece of history to share.... who knew!!!!

Apr 26, 2019 03:35 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And now they fight over green energy!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 26, 2019 04:56 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Charles could create some spark! Enjoy your day!

Apr 26, 2019 05:16 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

What a great story for such a company that grew to one of the largest in history.

Apr 26, 2019 05:22 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

We hear about Edison all the time but nice to see others who advanced us.

Apr 26, 2019 06:20 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, that is quite the big company now days and it is cool to learn how it all began.

Apr 26, 2019 06:23 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I did know part of the story but not the man.  Thanks for the bio.

Apr 26, 2019 07:09 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning James,

What a great story of lighting up Broadway way before Edison.  Happy Friday. A

Apr 26, 2019 07:50 AM #9
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Amazing what the minds of men can create, James. I am still wondering how many patents you have out;  I know you have an incredible interest - a passion, a curiosity, if you will -  in people and their inventions.

Apr 26, 2019 07:55 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - he certainly made the stars shine. An illuminating post!

Apr 26, 2019 09:31 AM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- why is it we only hear about Edison???

Apr 26, 2019 02:38 PM #12
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I guess Edison saw that Charles was going to be some stiff competition and decided it was better to just buy him out instead of compete.

Apr 26, 2019 02:52 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Charles retired smartly James Dray 

Can you believe it's already the weekend again?

Apr 26, 2019 09:05 PM #14
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I have heard other stories that make it seem like Edison just bought off other inventors and maybe wasn't the hot-shot we were lead to believe as kids James Dray .

Apr 27, 2019 05:45 AM #15
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Edison Electric a proponent of AC won over DC favored by Nicola Tesla. DC is better to transmit power but AC can step down or up power easier.


Apr 28, 2019 08:04 AM #16
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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It is sad to see General Electric is left in ruins today with poorly managed board. An icon of American industries is  almost worthless by Wall Street standards. America investors like desruptive enterprises which make nothing. 

Apr 28, 2019 08:08 AM #17
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