Henry Herman Westinghouse (1853 - 1933)

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Birthplace: Central Bridge, Schoharie, New York, USA
Death: Died in Goshen, Orange, NY, USA
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About Henry Herman Westinghouse

Born November 16, 1853, in the village of Central Bridge, New York, Henry Herman Westinghouse was the youngest of seven brothers in a family of ten children. He graduated from Union High School, Schenectady, New York in 1871, and studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University in 1871 and 1872. Meanwhile Herman began his active engineering career as an assistant in his father's agricultural machinery manufacturing plant.

Henry Herman Westinghouse, brother of George Westinghouse, Jr., inherited a talent for mechanical development from his father, and in 1883, he invented the single-acting steam engine. He developed many useful devices in connection to air brakes and steam engines, and in 1885, he founded the New York engineering firm of Westinghouse, Church, Kerr and Company.

In 1872, Henry Herman Westinghouse moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he became identified with the business of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company. After working successively in the foundry, machine shop and drafting room, Herman became general manager of the company. In 1899, he was appointed vice president and in 1914, on the death of his brother, George, he succeeded to the presidency.

When he patented and developed the Westinghouse single-acting steam engine, he organized the Westinghouse Machine Company. The engine was an important factor in the success of the electric power industry.

Mr Westinghouse was associated with the Westinghouse Air Brake Company in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania for sixty years, and at his death on November 18, 1933 in Goshen, New York, was chairman of the Board.

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November 16, 1853
Central Bridge, Schoharie, New York, USA
November 18, 1933
Age 80
Goshen, Orange, NY, USA
Bronx, New York, USA