George A. Hamilton

George A. Hamilton
Associated organizations
Western Union Telegraph Company, Western Electric Company
Fields of study


GEORGE ANSON HAMILTON, vice-president 1884-86, and national treasurer for the 35-year period 1895-1930, was elected an Honorary Member of the Institute May 22, 1933. In addition to this unusual record of service, Mr. Hamilton served on the Edison Medal and executive committees for a great many years, and on the first editing committee and the committee on permanent quarters. He was a member of the original committee of 5 on organization. Mr. Hamilton was born at Cleveland, Ohio, December 30, 1843. Between 1860 and 1873, he was in telegraph and railway signaling service. During 1873-75 he was assistant to Prof. Moses G. Farmer, an Honorary Member of the Institute, and a pioneer electrical inventor. Here Mr. Hamilton received much valuable experience. In 1875 he became assistant electrician of the Western Union Telegraph Company, New York, N.Y., being appointed chief electrician of the repair expedition of the Key West-Havana Cable the following year. In 1889 he became engineer for the Western Electric Company, New York, N.Y., supervising the production of fine electrical instruments. He retained this position until his retirement in 1909. Mr. Hamilton is a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (Great Britain), Société Française des Électriciens, Société Française de Physique, and Société Belge d'Astronomie.

Professional Honors

(A'84, M'84, F'13, member for life)

Honorary Member 1933

Further Reading

Papers of George Hamilton