Friday, March 23, 2012
William Woods Averell.
Birth: Nov. 5, 1832.
Death: Feb. 3, 1900.
He resigned after the war and was appointed as Consul General of the United States in the British provinces of North America from 1866 to 1869. In 1869, he became president of a manufacturing company and an industrial inventor. He discovered a process for the manufacture of steel directly from ore in one operation in 1870. He invented the American Asphalt Pavement in 1879 and had patents for several insulating conduits for wires and conductors. He also invented a machine for laying electric conductors underground. He died in Bath, New York in 1900 when he was 67 years old.
Burial: Grove Cemetery, Bath, Steuben County, New York.