Party affiliation: Republican
Began in employ of Branford (Connecticut) Lock Company at age of 11, and at 16 designed a horizontal steam engine. With Brady Manufacturing Company, Brooklyn, 1874-1880, becoming superintendent and chief engineer. Partner Fuller-Wood Company, 1880-1885.
With Thomson-Houston and General Electric companies as inventor and construction engineering, since 1885. Inventor of “Wood” system, and “father” of the closed coil, constant current, high tension, self-regulating series arc dynamo. Brayton oil engine, installed in first Holland submarine.
Built first lamps for Sir Hiram Maxim. Built machines for constructing main cables, original Brooklyn Bridge. Holder of 240 patents covering electrical and mechanic devices, including dynamo for flood lighting, first used on Statue of Liberty.