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William Edgar Richards
Co-Designer of the Illumination System for the Statue of Liberty
An electrical engineer with the Toledo Railways & Light Company (TR&L), Richards was tapped by Cities Service Company (owner of the TR&L and later to become CITGO) to help design the floodlight illumination of the Statue of Liberty in 1916.
Richards worked with a fellow Cities Services electrical superintendent, and engineers from General Electric and National Lamp Works to design the lighting system. He and his colleagues received a specially struck key fob from New York City Mayor John Purroy Mitchel on December 2, 1916.
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