Crouse, John Robert, 1874-1946.

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Promoter of electricity, founder of the Society for Electrical Development, and supporter of the principle of cooperation in electricity and other industries.

From the description of John Robert Crouse papers, 1905-1932. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34419998

John Robert Crouse, Sr., was born January 1, 1874 in Hartland, Michigan, son of John Bernard and Betsy Westfall Crouse. His early childhood was spent in Hartland. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his family, where he graduated from Central High School of Cleveland in 1893. After graduation from the University of Michigan in 1897 he joined his father, J.B. Crouse, and his uncle, H.A. Tremaine, in Ohio in the Fostoria Incandescent Lamp Company.

In 1901 they created the National Electric Lamp Association which eventually merged with General Electric. Crouse's greatest contribution to the electrical industry was his vision of cooperation. He worked hard for this ideal as founder and director of the Society for Electrical Development and in working to bring together into a cooperative organization the manufacturers of electric refrigerators.

Crouse had many other business and philanthropic interests, including the establishment of the Waldenwoods cooperative camp located near Hartland, Michigan. He died July 18, 1946.

From the guide to the John Robert Crouse papers, 1905-1932, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Crouse, John Robert, 1874-1946. John Robert Crouse papers, 1905-1932. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Emil Lorch Papers, 1891-1963 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf John Robert Crouse papers, 1905-1932 Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
creatorOf Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. Emil Lorch papers, 1891-1963. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Crouse, John Robert, 1874-1946. John Robert Crouse autograph collection, [15--]-ca. 1946. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
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Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Maude, 1872-1953. person
associatedWith Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. person
associatedWith Audubon, John James, 1785-1851. person
associatedWith Bell, Alexander Graham, 1847-1922. person
associatedWith Booth, Edwin Thomas, 1833-1893. person
associatedWith Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893. person
associatedWith Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861. person
associatedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889. person
associatedWith Burroughs, John, 1837-1921. person
associatedWith Byrd, Richard Evelyn, 1888-1957. person
associatedWith Camp Co-operation (Association Island, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Carnegie, Andrew, 1835-1919. person
associatedWith Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921. person
associatedWith Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933. person
associatedWith Cooperative Electrical Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Cooper, George, 1840-1927. person
associatedWith De Koven, Reginald, 1859-1920. person
associatedWith Dunbar, Paul Laurence, 1872-1906. person
associatedWith Fess, Simeon D. (Simeon Davidson), 1861-1936. person
associatedWith General Electric Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. person
associatedWith Hull, Isaac, 1773-1843. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith Joachim, Joseph, 1831-1907. person
associatedWith Kellogg, John Harvey, 1852-1943. person
associatedWith Kellogg, W. K. (Will Keith), 1860-1951. person
associatedWith Key, Francis Scott, 1779-1843. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith Lorch, Emil, 1870-1963. person
associatedWith MacDowell, Edward, 1860-1908. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. person
associatedWith Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847. person
associatedWith National Lamp Works. corporateBody
associatedWith National Lamp Works. corporateBody
associatedWith Paderewski, Ignace Jan, 1860-1941. person
associatedWith Paganini, Nicolò€, 1782-1840. person
associatedWith Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. person
associatedWith Payne, John Howard, 1791-1852. person
associatedWith Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868. person
associatedWith Seton, Ernest Thompson, 1860-1946. person
associatedWith Society for Electrical Development. corporateBody
associatedWith Spencer, Herbert, 1820-1903. person
associatedWith Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. person
associatedWith Thoreau, Henry David, 1817-1862. person
associatedWith Tyndall, John, 1820-1893. person
associatedWith Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901. person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883. person
associatedWith Waldenwoods (Hartland, Mich.) corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Livingston County (Mich.)
Hartland (Mich.)
Association Island (N.Y.)
Livingston County (Mich.)
Hartland (Mich.)
Association Island (N.Y.)
Cooperative societies
Cooperative societies
Electric industries


Birth 1874

Death 1946

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