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Joseph Wilson Rittenhouse, American Electrical products manufacturing company consultant. Patentee in field.


Rittenhouse, Joseph Wilson was born on January 22, 1917 in Neosho, Missouri, United States. Son of George Eddy and Nannie Stewart (Morgan) Rittenhouse.


Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1939. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Missouri, 1949.


Member staff radio station, WBAA, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, 1936-1939; various engineering positions, James R. Kearney Corporation, St. Louis, 1939-1943; member of faculty electrical engineering department, School Mines and Metallurgy, U. Missouri at Rolla, 1947-1954; associate professor electrical engineering, School Mines and Metallurgy, U. Missouri at Rolla, 1952-1954; technical director hi-voltage equipment division, Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company, Cleveland, 1954-1965; division general manager, Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company, 1965-1969; group vice president electrical products, Joslyn Manufacturing and Supply Company, Chicago, 1969-1973; president, Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Company, Chicago, 1973-1978; chairman, Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Company, 1973-1979; director, Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Company, 1970-1979; director, Hospital Staffing Services Inc., 1983-1987; consultant, Joslyn Manufacturing & Supply Company, 1979-1980; president, J.R. Associates, 1980-1994. Guest speaker at meetings of professional and other societies.


  • Patentee in field.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Electric Power Transmission, 1953. Contributor articles to professional publications.


Member industrial development committee City Council, Aurora, Ohio, 1960-1962. Served as officer Signal Corps, Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Major Reserve, retired.

Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (member, chairman numerous committees). Member National, Illinois societies professional engineers, American Society Engineering Education, Conference Internationale des Grands Reseaux Electriques, National Electrical Manufacturers Association (board governors 1970-1979, vice chairman 1974-1979), Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu (national advisory board 1955-1957), Tau Beta Pi, Tau Kappa Alpha, Lambda Chi Alpha. Clubs: Metropolitan, Anvil (Chicago).


Married Jane Eileen Peterson, June 3, 1939. Children: Joseph Wilson II, John David, Jane Eileen, Judith Anne, James Jay, Jeffrey Lee.

George Eddy Rittenhouse

Nannie Stewart (Morgan) Rittenhouse

Jane Eileen Peterson

James Jay Rittenhouse

Jeffrey Lee Rittenhouse

Joseph Wilson II Rittenhouse

Jane Eileen Rittenhouse

Judith Anne Rittenhouse

John David Rittenhouse