Biography of Charles F. Brush
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

CHARLES FRANCIS BRUSH, a distinguished Ohio scientist and inventor, was born at Euclid, Ohio, March 17, 1849, and was a resident of Cleveland at the time when he made the series of experiments that brought about the practical development of electric arc lighting, he having been a pioneer in the investigation of electric lighting, and having invented, in 1878, the Brush electric arc light.

Mr. Brush received from the University of Michigan the degree of Mechanical Engineer, in 1869, and in 1899 the honorary degree of Master of Science. Western Reserve University has given him the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Laws, which latter honorary degree was likewise conferred upon him by Kenyon College, while in 1912 the University of Michigan gave him the degree of Doctor of Science. He made the fundamental invention of the storage battery and was a pioneer in inventing other devices essential to modern electrical engineering. He was the founder of the Brush Electric Company, founder and first president of the Linde Air Products Company, became president of the Cleveland Arcade Company in 1887, was a corporator of the Case School of Applied Science, and has served as trustee of Western Reserve University, Adelbert College, the University School and the Cleveland School of Art. In 1881 he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor; France; and in 1899 he received the Rumford medal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has membership in the American Physical Society and the American Philosophical Society, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He had been a valued member of the Ohio State Board of Commerce, and has served as president of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He has membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, the Archaeological Institute of America, the American Historical Association, the National Electric Light Association, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, besides being affiliated with leading clubs and other social and scientific organizations.

In 1875 Mr. Brush wedded Miss Mary E. Morris, of Cleveland.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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