GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/27/1906 - HFSID 177627
Sale Price $935.00
GEORGE WESTINGHOUSE, JR
George Westinghouse, Jr. sends a typed letter of thanks for the copy of the Journal of the Franklin Institute.
Typed Letter Signed: "Geo. Westinghouse", 1p, 7¼x7¾. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1906 November 27. On his personal stationery to Mr. William J. Hammer, New York City, New York. In full: "Please accept my thanks for the issue of the Journal of the Franklin Institute containing the report of the Committee on Science and the Arts in regard to your collection of incandescent electric lamps, and the reprint of the same, which I have noted with interest. Truly yours," By the age of 25, George Westinghouse, Jr. (1846-1914) was a Civil War veteran who had already introduced his first major invention, air brakes that allowed an entire train to stop at once (1868); previously, the brakes on each car had to be applied before the train would slow down. After patenting this invention, he began his career as an industrialist by establishing the first of his 60 companies, the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (1869). Although direct current was the standard form of power in the U.S., Westinghouse learned that Europeans were experimenting with alternating current. Implementing their original plans, he and three engineers improved the transformer and united this device with Nikola Tesla's AC motor. In 1886, he organized the Westinghouse Electric Company to manufacture and market his new high-voltage alternating-current single-phase system for the transmission of electricity, the primary form of electricity now used in the U.S. Westinghouse, who served as President of the Westinghouse Electric Company from 1886-1911, also patented a number of devices for practicable and economical transmission of natural gas. Lower right blank edge torn away and upper left blank edge. Slightly soiled. Folds through signature.
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