Known for creating the Victor Talking Machine Company with Emile Berliner.
He went to the Delaware Academy until graduation in 1882 and then became a machinist at J. Lodge & Son.
He manufactured wire stitching and bookbinding machines.
He married Elsie Reeves Fenimore Johnson and they had a child named Fen.
He used a zinc disc in his talking machine that was superior to Thomas Edison's wax cylinders.