CHARLES A. STONE Biography - Architects, designers & engineers


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Name: Charles Augustus Stone                                                           
Born: 1867 Newton, Massachusetts, USA                                                 
Died: 1941                                                                             
Electrical engineer, born in Newton, Massachusetts, USA. He studied at the             
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he met Edwin S(ibley) Webster       
(1867?1950), who was born in Roxbury, MA. Both studied electrical engineering,         
becoming such close friends that they were always known as ?Stone and Webster?.       
Discouraged from going into business together by an MIT technology professor,         
Stone worked for a welding and then a manufacturing company, and Webster worked       
for Kidder, Peabody & Co. Then in 1889, with a loan from their parents, they           
opened the Massachusetts Electrical Engineering Co, a consulting firm. Their           
first project was a hydroelectric plant to supply a Maine paper mill (1890).           
They managed public utilities (from 1895), established a securities department (1902) 
to finance utility companies, and continued engineering and construction. By           
1912 they occupied an eight-storey building with c.600 consultants and employees,     
yet they kept their desks side-by-side, and signed their correspondence ?Stone &       
Webster?. Among their notable achievements was the Los Angeles Big Creek               
transmission system (1913). In 1920 they incorporated as Stone & Webster, Inc,         
and in subsequent years they established subsidiary firms to manage various           
aspects of their operations, such as the sale of securities, the engineering and       
construction projects, and the management of public utilities. By the 1930s           
Stone & Webster had completed more than $1 billion in construction,                   
significantly advancing the electrification of America. Among their personal           
interests, Webster was a horticulturalist, and Stone raised horses.