Tuesday, September 19, 1916

Edison offered to build a system powered by generator-fed storage batteries with a “guarantee of absolute safety.”

The proposal, however, did not come without some controversy. As described by the organization’s 1916 annual report, “The proposed installation of electricity at Mount Vernon came as a shock to some of the Vice Regents, seeming to be most incongruous in this antique home where everything in the way of colonial customs is preserved as far as possible.”

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