Harvey Hubbell.

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Harvey Hubbell was born in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York back in 1857.  I could not find out any information about his childhood, what schools he attended. What information I can provide is that in 1888, at the age of thirty-one he was working as a manager of a manufacturing company.

He quit that job and founded Hubbell Incorporated, a business that is still in operation to this day.  He started manufacturing consumer products. Through necessity he started inventing manufacturing equipment for his factory to keep it ongoing.  During his lifetime, he was granted at least 45 patents.  He died in 1927, he was 70.

If the name doesn’t ring a bell no worries.  The two patents that made him a wealthy man was the electrical plug and the pull-chain light socket.

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James Dray - I will remember him next time I go into the basement and pull the light cord.

Sep 25, 2020 02:51 AM #1
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

Thanks to Harvey Hubbell for his ingenuity and hard work in making the 🌎 a better place and thank you James Dray for bringing this to light! 🔦


Sep 25, 2020 02:53 AM #2
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray 

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Sep 25, 2020 04:22 AM #3
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

love these inventors! 

Sep 25, 2020 04:39 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I must say each and everyone of us has had these at some point.

Sep 25, 2020 04:53 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Now I know who to blame the next time I pull the chain and and left in the dark!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 25, 2020 05:01 AM #6
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I love all these clever inventors you feature, very creative and they deserve their patents. Next time I use a pull chain I will think of Mr Hubbell.

Sep 25, 2020 05:17 AM #7
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, when I hear the name Hubbell, I think of the telescope.  I was actually thinking that I was going to be familiar with what he was famous for, haha.

Sep 25, 2020 05:27 AM #8
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Like my friend Brian England the first thought was the telescope, then I got plugged in! Enjoy your day!

Sep 25, 2020 05:36 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like Brian England and Wayne Martin I was thinking of the Hubbell telescope, now I know there was another Hubbell that was very smart too.  A

Sep 25, 2020 06:48 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Sep 25, 2020 06:52 AM #11
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

He certainly was a busy person during his oifetime. How nice that his patents, in addition to adding much to our lives, also made him some money.


Sep 25, 2020 08:20 AM #12
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

So often it's the simplest things that people patient and become rich from James Dray . There were probably a lot of burnt fingertips prior to that pull chain when a man/woman had to unscrew the bulb to turn it off.

Sep 25, 2020 08:31 AM #13
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a name previously unknown to me but certainly a valuable step forward in how we live. 

Sep 25, 2020 08:54 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- interesting that we still use those. You and Barbara Todaro make a great team. 

Sep 25, 2020 10:18 AM #15
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Now that is an invetion that has truly stood the test of time, James!

Sep 25, 2020 10:47 AM #16
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - sometimes their inventions really evoke a Wow! Very interesting. 

Sep 25, 2020 04:10 PM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James having lived in Bridgeport CT, I knew of Harvey Hubble because he had a factory there in the late 1960's and it was called Harvey Hubble....Endre

Sep 25, 2020 10:15 PM #18
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

p.s.: on a side note I believe years ago you wrote about him... or am I hallucinating?? Endre

Sep 25, 2020 10:16 PM #19
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,

My husband and sons are master electricians. I've heard that name before but never associated it with a person.  Thank you!

Sep 26, 2020 03:54 AM #20
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