George Westinghouse Jr.
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George Westinghouse Jr. (1846 - 1914)

George Westinghouse Jr.
Born in Central Bridge, Schoharie, New York, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 8 Aug 1867 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United Statesmap
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Died in New York City, New York, United Statesmap
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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.[1]
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George Westinghouse was born October 6, 1846 in Central Bridge, New York[2][3][4][5], the son of Emeline (Vedder) and George Westinghouse, Sr., a machine shop owner.[6] [7][8] [9] George worked in his father's shop.[1] He left to serve in the US Civil War in the Union Army, attended university, and was later back at his father's shop.[1]

In 1867, Westinghouse met and soon married Marguerite Erskine Walker. They had one son, George Westinghouse Jr[4][10][11] and were married for 47 years.[5][12]

George was a thinker and doer, constantly innovating and starting companies to support those innovations. While working in his father's shop in 1865, he developed and patented a rotary steam engine. Soon after he created a device to help place derailed train cars back on their tracks. By 1869, he had opened a company to make his newly developed air brakes for trains. He continued to improve and develop help for railroad function, and moved on to devices for the use of natural gas.His natural gas work led to work in the new world of electricity. Together with innovation by Nikola Tesla, they pushed the development of alternating current electricity, part an ongoing competition with Thomas Edison, who was a champion of direct current electricity. Alternating current became the standard for electrcity use, despite Edison's efforts.[1]

George Westinghouse died on March 12, 1914, in New York City, at age 67.[3][13] 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.[3][14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Westinghouse History",, accessed 18 Oct 2019
  2. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll #: 44; Volume #: Roll 0044 - Certificates: 38214-39113, 19 Jul 1907-08 Aug 1907 Ancestry Record 1174 #966339
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 October 2019), memorial page for George Westinghouse (6 Oct 1846–12 Mar 1914), Find A Grave: Memorial #1091, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .
  4. 4.0 4.1 "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 16 March 2018), George Westinghouse, 1923; citing Passport Application, Canada, source certificate #270820, Passport Applications, January 2, 1906 - March 31, 1925, 2226, NARA microfilm publications M1490 and M1372 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 October 2019), George Westinghouse, Precinct 9 Pittsburgh city Ward 21, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 256, sheet 19A, family 329, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,362.
  6. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Year: 1850; Census Place: Schoharie, Schoharie, New York; Roll: M432_595; Page: 103B; Image: 213 Ancestry Record 8054 #8395855
  7. New York, State Census, 1855 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Ancestry Record 7181 #1653064681
  8. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. Year: 1860; Census Place: Schenectady Ward 1, Schenectady, New York; Roll: M653_858; Page: 93; Family History Library Film: 803858 Ancestry Record 7667 #48532782
  9. New York, State Census, 1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Ancestry Record 7218 #21281
  10. "New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018), George Westinghouse, Jr. in entry for George Westinghouse, 20 May 1883; citing Manhattan, New York, New York, United States, reference cn 367369 New York Municipal Archives, New York; FHL microfilm 1,322,181.
  11. and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Ancestry Record 6742 #49851191
  12. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 October 2019), George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh Ward 14, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 459, sheet 11A, family 9, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 1304; FHL microfilm 1,375,317.
  13. New York, New York, Extracted Death Index, 1862-1948 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Ancestry Record 9131 #2119625
  14. National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006. Ancestry Record 8750 #3321634

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I used to Live 2 houses over from the Westinghouse Head Office Located in Hamilton,Ontario. I Lived at 274 Sanford Ave. N. , the end of Sanford Ave. Intersects with Mylar Street where the Building still Stands on the Corner. The Building sat Condemned for Several years and has now been restored for Prime Office Space. Westinghouse once Employed 11000 People in Hamilton. When the Building sat Condemned when i still resided on Sanford Ave. Prior to 2011 the Building was Sometimes used by Film Companies. The Building was used to shoot a night scene for one of Mark Wahlberg's movies Max Payne were he Jumps out of one of the windows.

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