George Westinghouse, circa 1910.
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Photograph of George Westinghouse

Credit: Image donated by Bettmann-Corbis

One of nation's great inventors and businessmen, George Westinghouse filed more than 145 patents, and formed and directed more than sixty companies to market his and others' inventions. When he died in 1914, the Westinghouse empire, with companies valued at more than $200 million, employed more than 50,000 people.

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