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Engineering InventionFrank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry$
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Frederick Dalzell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001

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Getting Traction, 1884 to 1888: Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company and the Richmond Union Passenger Railway

Getting Traction, 1884 to 1888: Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company and the Richmond Union Passenger Railway

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(p.59) 2 Getting Traction, 1884 to 1888: Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company and the Richmond Union Passenger Railway
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Engineering Invention
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Frederick Dalzell

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.003.0003

This chapter examines Frank Sprague's inventions and business ventures during the period from 1884 to 1888. It discusses Sprague's founding of the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company (SERM) in 1884 as way to commercial his invention and his work to develop electric railcars for a group of New York investors led by Maurice B. Flynn in Richmond, Virginia. The chapter also considers the capitalization problems encountered by Sprague and his marriage to Mary Keatinge in April 1885.

Keywords:   Frank Sprague, inventions, business ventures, SERM, capitalization problems, electric railcars, Maurice B. Flynn, Mary Keatinge, marriage

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