Born in Central Bridge, New York, on October 6, 1846, Westinghouse enlisted in the Union Army at age 17 and served from 1862 to 1863. He then transferred to the Union Navy as an engineer. He was discharged in 1865. After the war, Westinghouse became involved in developing railroad technology. He invented and patented the air brake in 1869, which became widely used. He also invented the gas meter and a natural gas pipe system for homes. He was awarded over 400 patents during his lifetime. He founded the Westinghouse Electric Company in 1886, which became one of the most successful companies in the United States.
Famous Veterans: George Westinghouse
You May Also Like
Get the Veteran Jobs Newsletter
Get special job alerts, offers and insider tips on making the most of your military experience in the civilian workforce.
View more newsletters on our Subscriptions page.
Verify your free subscription by following the instructions in the email sent to:
Featured Veteran Employer
The Veteran Employment Manual
Find Veteran-Friendly Jobs
Search the largest free Veteran Job board to find jobs with veteran-friendly companies.