Calvin Coolidge Says, October 6, 1930

Date: October 6, 1930

Location: Boston, MA

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There has just been dedicated in the City of Pittsburgh a stately memorial to George Westinghouse. More than fifty thousand of his former workmen and professional associates testified to the respect and affection in which they held him by contributing to the cost of this great monument. The ceremony of unveiling was attended by a great throng of prominent business men representing both the Old and New World.

George Westinghouse had that combination which is so rare of both inventive and business genius. His air brake and signal system made possible the speed and safety of the modern railroad. Without the contribution that he made to transportation it would not be possible with the present roadbed and equipment to serve the business of this country. Between 1870 and his death, in 1914, he had built up industries in many countries which employed about two hundred thousand people. He was the first to establish a Saturday half holiday in a great industry. He was one of the pioneers in electrical engineering. Because he lived industrial life is more human, more safe and more productive. He ranks as one of the great benefactors of mankind.

Citation: Calvin Coolidge Says: Dispatches Written by Former-President Coolidge and Syndicated to Newspapers in 1930-1931 (Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation)

The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the volunteer efforts of Greg Harkenrider who prepared this document for digital publication.

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