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Cummings C. Chesney

Cummings C. Chesney, American electrical engineer. Awarded Edison medal by American Institute of Elctrical Engineering, 1922. member Society of Arts, London.


  • Chesney, Cummings C. was born on October 28, 1863 in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John C. and Jane (McFall) Chesney.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Pennsylvania State College, 1885. Taught mathematics and chemistry, Doylestown Seminary and Pennsylvania State College, 1885-1888.


    • Joined William Stanley’s laboratory force, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1888. With United States Elec. Lighting Company, Newark, 1889-1890.

      One of incorporators, 1890, Stanley Elec. Manufacturing Company, Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 1st vice-president and chief engineer Stanley Electric Manufacturing Company, 1904.

      Was 1st vice-president and chief engineer Stanley-G. I. Electric Manufacturing Company. Manager Pittsfield works of General Electric Company, 1906-1927. Vice-president and chairman manufacturing committee, General Electric Company.

      President Berkshire Morris Plan Bank, 1931-1935, Berkshire Trust Company, 1934-1939. President Pittsfield Coal Gas Company. Honorary vice president General Electric Company.

      Director General Electric Employees Securities Corporation, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Agricultural National Bank, Pittsfield, Springfield Fire and Marine Insurance Company, N.E. Fire Insurance Company, Sentinel Fire Insurance Company, Boston & Albany Railroad Company Pioneer in many electrical improvements. Laid out first polyphase power transmission plant to be put into successful operation in America. Also pioneer in designing alternating current generators for high voltages, and many other developments.

      President American Institute of Elctrical Engineering, 1926-1927. Member Society of Arts, London.


    Member Society of Arts, London.


    • Married Elizabeth Cutler, 1891. Children: Malcolm M., Elizabeth, Margaret, Katherine, Barbara.
    • father: John C. Chesney
    • mother: Jane (McFall) Chesney
    • spouse: Elizabeth Cutler
    • children: Malcolm M. Chesney
    • Elizabeth Chesney
    • Margaret Chesney
    • Katherine Chesney
    • Barbara Chesney
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    Died November 27, 1947
    (aged 84)