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Horatio Alvah Foster

Horatio Alvah Foster, American electrical engineer. Fellow American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1912.


  • Foster, Horatio Alvah was born on January 12, 1858 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Edward Vose and Martha Allis (Smith) Foster.

  • Education

    • Educated Northampton (Massachusetts) High School.


    • Installed first commercially operated electric railway in the United States, in Baltimore, 1885. Engineer for Thomson-Houston Electric Company, 1886-1891, and of Central Station, New York, for same company, 1890-1891. Electrical expert for United States Census Office, 1891-1892.

      Editor “Electrical Industries,” Chicago, during World’s Fair. 1st assistant to Professor George Forbes, of London. Electrical consulting engineer, Niagara Falls Power Company, 1895-1900.

      Federal receiver Consumers Brewing Company, Philadelphia, 1901-1906. With L. B. Stillwell, engrs., 1906-1908. With Bion J. Arnold, Chicago, 1908-1911.

      J. G. White & Company, New York, since 1912.


    • Author: Electrical Engineers’ Pocket Book, 1901. Engineering Valuation of Public Utilities and Factories, 1912.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Unitarian


    Fellow American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1912.


    • Married Florence Louise Root, December 22, 1893.
    • father: Edward Vose Foster
    • mother: Martha Allis (Smith) Foster
    • spouse: Florence Louise Root
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    Born January 12, 1858