Business: Coffin

Thomas Alva Edison, intimate friend of Henry Ford and Harvey Samuel Firestone, spoke last week of another friend: "He was the most remarkable business man I have ever known. . . ."

The man Inventor Edison referred to was Charles Albert Coffin, who founded the General Electric Co. (1892), who sold new uses for electricity, who in less than half his own lifetime helped considerably to change the character of civilization. Last week, at the age of 81, he died of pneumonia, after four years of retirement from business. By 1883, the year...

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