George Westinghouse (1846-1914)
Overall: 32 x 24 1/8 x 14 in. ( 81.3 x 61.3 x 35.6 cm )
Signature and date: proper right side, base of base: " D.C. French/1925" Inscription: front, base of bust: "Westinghouse"
The subject was born at Central Bridge, N.Y., the son of George and Emeline (Vedder) Westinghouse. In 1868 he designed the first air brake for use on passenger trains and the next year he organized the Westinghouse Air Brake Co. to produce it; this device greatly improved the safety of the railroads, and when it was adopted by nearly every railroad in the U.S., the foundation for the Westinghouse industrial fortune was laid.
Gift of Mrs. William Penn Cresson (Margaret French)
Mrs. William Penn Cresson (Margaret French), daughter of the artist -the original was placed in the Engineers' Club, New York, 1925.
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