People in Business and Industry with a Cortland County Connection


Sperry Sperry Inventor Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860-1930), born in Cincinnatus and reared in Cortland, experimented with electric lights and power in relation to arc lights, mining machinery, street cars, motor cars and electric motor cars. His major contribution, however, was in adapting the principle of the gyroscope for useful purposes, such as ship stabilizers (important in the space program), compasses and pilot devices.
Brockway George A. Brockway (1863 - 1953) was born in Homer, New York. He was the son of William Brockway, the founder of Brockway Carriage Works, located in Homer. He worked with his father and took over the business when his father died. It was later moved to Cortland. In 1912 it become the Brockway Motor Company.
bloomer Homer-born Amelia Jenks Bloomer (1818-1894) was a pioneer in the temperance and women’s rights movements and in the abolition of slavery. To advance these causes she founded the Lily(1849-1855), believed to be the first newspaper in the United States owned, edited and published by a woman. Although she did not originate dress reform, she popularized it by wearing trousers.
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