Charles Francis Brush
Born March 17, 1849 – Died June 15, 1929
Improvement in Electric Lamps
Patent No. 203,411
Charles Brush perfected the system of electric arc lighting, making it practical for commercial use. He installed the first electric light system in the United States at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1879.
Brush was born in Euclid Township, Ohio. He built his first static electric machine at age 12 and constructed his first arc light in high school. After graduating from the University of Michigan on an accelerated schedule, Brush worked as an iron ore salesman and experimented on an improved dynamo in his spare time. Brush’s dynamo was key to a commercially viable lighting system and was widely used.