American entrepreneur and engineer who invented the railway air brake and was a pioneer of the electrical industry, one of Thomas Edison's main rivals. Westinghouse's electricity distribution system, based on alternating current, ultimately prevailed over Edison's insistence on direct current.
George Westinghouse was born in 1846 in Central Bridge, New York, the son of Emeline (Vedder) and George Westinghouse, Sr., a machine shop owner. In 1867, Westinghouse met and soon married Marguerite Erskine Walker. They had one son, George Westinghouse 3rd and were married for 47 years.
George Westinghouse died on March 12, 1914, in New York City, at age 67. He was initially interred in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY then removed on December 14, 1915. As a Civil War veteran, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, along with his wife Marguerite, who survived him by three months.
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