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Brush, Charles Francis

George Wise

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Brush, Charles Francis (17 March 1849–15 June 1929), inventor, was born in Euclid, near Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Isaac Elbert Brush, a woolens manufacturer and farmer, and Delia Williams Phillips. The youngest of nine children, he was spared many of the farm chores and spent much of his youth reading about astronomy, chemistry, and physics or working with microscopes, telescopes, and photographic equipment in a small workshop. At Cleveland’s Central High School he built his own battery-powered arc lighting system. At the University of Michigan he earned a bachelor’s degree (1869) in mining engineering in just two years....

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