George Washington (inventor)

George Washington
George Constant Louis Washington (May 20, 1871 – March 29, 1946) was a Belgium-born American inventor and businessman.wikipedia
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Instant coffee

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He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and for the company he founded to mass-produce it, the G. Washington Coffee Company.
George Constant Louis Washington developed his own instant coffee process shortly thereafter, and first marketed it commercially (1910).

Wyeth

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Washington's company was sold to American Home Products in 1943, shortly before his death.
In 1943, Wyeth purchased G. Washington Coffee Refining Company, an instant coffee company created by George Washington.

George Washington Jr.

Washington's son, George Washington, Jr., served for a time as treasurer of his father's company, and, like his father, dabbled in invention, patenting a widely used photoengraving process for newspapers that was introduced by Fairchild Camera and Instrument in 1948.
George Washington Jr. (August 1899 – December 27, 1966) served for a time as treasurer of the G. Washington Coffee Company started by his father, George Washington.

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George Constant Louis Washington (May 20, 1871 – March 29, 1946) was a Belgium-born American inventor and businessman.

Inventor

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George Constant Louis Washington (May 20, 1871 – March 29, 1946) was a Belgium-born American inventor and businessman.

Mass production

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He is best remembered for his invention of an early instant coffee process and for the company he founded to mass-produce it, the G. Washington Coffee Company.

Emigration

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An emigrant from his native Belgium, he arrived in the New York area in 1897 and dabbled in several technical fields before hitting upon instant coffee manufacture during a sojourn in Central America in 1906 or 1907.

Central America

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An emigrant from his native Belgium, he arrived in the New York area in 1897 and dabbled in several technical fields before hitting upon instant coffee manufacture during a sojourn in Central America in 1906 or 1907.

New Jersey

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Based in New York and New Jersey, his company prospered and became an important military supplier during World War I.

World War I

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Based in New York and New Jersey, his company prospered and became an important military supplier during World War I.

Brooklyn

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The success of his company made Washington wealthy, and he lived in a mansion in Brooklyn and then moved to a country estate in New Jersey in 1927.

Kortrijk

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George Washington was born in Kortrijk, Belgium to Jean Guillaume Washington (John William Washington) of England and Marie Louise Tant of Belgium, on May 20, 1871.

Nationality law

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Following then-current nationality law, which considered fatherhood primary, Washington was a British subject until he was naturalized as an American in May 1918.

George Washington

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A number of accounts claim a relation to U.S. President George Washington, but this is not clearly explained.

Brussels

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Washington came to reside in Brussels and also attained a degree in chemistry at the University of Bonn in Germany.

University of Bonn

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Washington came to reside in Brussels and also attained a degree in chemistry at the University of Bonn in Germany.

Antwerp

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The Washingtons' arrival in the United States on a ship from Antwerp, Belgium, on October 6, 1896, was recorded at Ellis Island, though the 1900 US Census states that they emigrated to the United States in 1897.

Ellis Island

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The Washingtons' arrival in the United States on a ship from Antwerp, Belgium, on October 6, 1896, was recorded at Ellis Island, though the 1900 US Census states that they emigrated to the United States in 1897.

Gas mantle

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After arriving in the New York area, Washington founded a company producing kerosene gas mantles.

New Brighton, Staten Island

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At this time, they lived in New Brighton on Staten Island, but his company, George Washington Lighting Company, was based in nearby Jersey City.

Staten Island

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At this time, they lived in New Brighton on Staten Island, but his company, George Washington Lighting Company, was based in nearby Jersey City.

Jersey City, New Jersey

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At this time, they lived in New Brighton on Staten Island, but his company, George Washington Lighting Company, was based in nearby Jersey City.

Incandescent light bulb

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This business was abandoned with the maturation of incandescent light bulb technology.

1900 United States Census

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By the time of the 1900 US Census, Washington, recorded in the census as an inventor, was 29 years old and living in a rented house in Brooklyn with his 23-year-old wife, their three young children, his younger sister (age 25), three servants, and a child of two of the servants.

Ranch

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Washington tried his hand at cattle ranching in Guatemala in 1906 or 1907 while, in the meantime, developed his instant coffee process.