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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