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Horatio Alvah Foster

electrical engineer

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

Background

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.

Career

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.

Works

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

Membership

Fellow American Institute Elec. Engineers, 1912.

Connections

Married Florence Louise Root, December 22, 1893.

father:
Edward Vose Foster

mother:
Martha Allis (Smith) Foster

spouse:
Florence Louise Root