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Early Electrification of Buffalo: Contributions of Five AIEE Presidents

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It is important to note the contributions of five men associated with the Cataract Construction Company who became presidents of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, one of the predecessors of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Arthur Kennelly - President AIEE 1898-1900
Arthur Kennelly - President AIEE 1898-1900
Charles F. Scott - President AIEE 1902-03
Charles F. Scott - President AIEE 1902-03


Dr. Arthur E. Kennelly President 1898-1900 -- hired as a consultant 1894 and 1895 concerning the radius of electric power distribution that might be considered reasonably profitable by the use of high-voltage alternating current.


Charles F. Scott President 1902-1903 --  Westinghouse electrical engineer – developed the ‘Scott connection’ for connecting two single
Lewis Stillwell - President AIEE 1909-10
Lewis Stillwell - President AIEE 1909-10
Paul M. Lincoln - President AIEE 1914-15
Paul M. Lincoln - President AIEE 1914-15
phase transformers to convert two-phase four-wire current to three-phase three-wire. Technical consultant to Edward Dean Adams during the writing of his two-volume ‘Niagara Power’. 


Lewis B. Stillwell President 1909-1910 -- In March 1897 resigned his position as chief electrical engineer and assistant manager of the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. to become Electrical Director of Cataract Construction. Resigned in September 1900 after the completion of Power House 1.

Power House 2 Synchroscope (indicated by arrow)
Power House 2 Synchroscope (indicated by arrow)

Paul M. Lincoln President 1914-1915 -- Westinghouse engineer - joined Cataract Construction 1896 to 1902 as operating superintendent and later as resident electrician. Involved with Power House 1 and transmission to Buffalo. Invented the synchroscope. Returned to Westinghouse and later became Professor-Director in charge of Department of Electrical Engineering at Cornell. 

Harold W. Buck - President AIEE 1916-17
Harold W. Buck - President AIEE 1916-17
Test of the First 'Suspension Type' Strain Insulator by Harold W. Buck (top), at Schenectady, New York, November 24, 1905.  This Insulator Replaced the Largest Size of Porcelain Petticoat or Pin-type Insulator (bottom)
Test of the First 'Suspension Type' Strain Insulator by Harold W. Buck (top), at Schenectady, New York, November 24, 1905. This Insulator Replaced the Largest Size of Porcelain Petticoat or Pin-type Insulator (bottom)
Harold W. Buck President 1916-1917-- Engineer with General Electric. Electrical Engineer for Cataract Construction September 1901 to December 1907 in responsible charge of the allied power companies. He was instrumental in the development of suspension type insulators. All prior insulators were pin type. 



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