19th-century inventor who changed the world forever by creating street lights.
He earned a degree in engineering from the University of Michigan in the 1870s.
He was able to develop his arc lights by patenting an early electrical generator in 1876.
He was married to Mary Ellen Morris on October 6, 1875. The couple had three children: Edna, Helene, and Charles.
He demonstrated his arc lights before Thomas Edison successfully tested the light bulb.