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Collection provided by: Highland Park Public Library

Elisha Gray was a resident of Highland Park, Illinois from 1871 until his death in 1901.  An electrical engineer and inventor, Gray received more than 70 patents.  He co-founded the Western Electric Company in 1872.  On November 15, 1878, a banquet was held in Highland Park to honor Professor Gray, who many believed was the true inventor of the telephone.  The Committee of Arrangements prepared a transcript of congratulatory remarks delivered at the event.  The collection includes photographs of Professor Gray and his wife, and the Gray Electric Building, constructed in Highland Park in 1892. 

 
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