Family:Whitney, Edwin Ruthven (1838-?)

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Edwin Ruthven8 Whitney (Caius Cassius7, Paul6, Timothy5, Jonas4, Moses3, Richard2, John1), son of Caius Cassius7 and Mary Ann (Austin) Whitney, was born 28 May 1838, Bolton, QC.

He married Magog, QC, Arretta F. Hoyt. She was born 14 Apr 1847.

He was born in Bolton, Quebec, and received a common school education. His mind was of an inventive turn and for the past thirty-two years he has been an inventor. His first invention was the first automatic car coupler used by the railways in coupling cars. It has been used with great success. He next invented an automatic cord grain binder, the first binder that ever tied with a cord. Since then he has devoted his time to electricity and perfected many valuable inventions. His present business is the manufacture of electrical measuring instruments, which include voltmeters, ammeters for electric railway power and laboratory use, made at his two factories at Penacook, NH, and Sherbrook, QC. He is also vice-president of the Standard Electric Company of Vermont, which manufactures dynamo-electric machines and lamps, arc and incandescent lighting, by the Whitney system, at Saint Johnsbury, VT, with headquarters at Boston, MA, and Manchester, NH. He is now organizing a company on a new system of storage batteries which he patented 13 Mar 1894, and which shows the only battery which can be built up of many cells and only have two binding posts for transmission of power. His patents have all been valuable and practical and from them he has accumulated a handsome fortune. He is well known throughout the country, especially among the electricians, and no one is more highly esteemed and respected among the many manufacturers in his adopted State of New Hampshire; resided Manchester, NH, 754 Chestnut St.

Children of Edwin Ruthven8 and Arretta F. (Hoyt) Whitney:

i. Edwin Hoyt9 Whitney, b. 21 May 1878, Montreal, QC; m. 2 Aug 1899, Manchester, NH, Mabel L. Crombie.[1]


Edwin Ruthven was a character from the romantic novel The Scottish Chiefs (1809), by Jane Porter.


1.^  "Edwin K. Whitney (b. 1878, Montreal, Can., s. of Edwin R. Whitney & Anetta F. Hoyt) & Mabel L. Crombie, m. 2 Aug 1899, Manchester, Hillsborough Co., NH," according to New Hampshire, Vital Records, Marriage Index.

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