NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STANDARD ELECTRICAL RULES
Held at the
Hall of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers,
12 West 31st
New York City, March 18 and
J O I N T C O N F E R E N C E
Of Electrical, Insurance and Allied Interests, looking
toward the Adoption, Promulgation and Enforcement of a National Code of Rules
for Electrical Construction and Operation,
Held at the
Headquarters of the
American Society of
12 West 31st
Street, New York City,
March 18 – 19, 1896.
Francis B. Crocker, American Society of Electrical
Frank R. Ford, American Street Railway Association;
William H. Merrill, National Board of Fire Underwriters;
Francis W. Jones, Postal Telegraph Company;
A. S. Brown, Western Union Telegraph Company;
Alfred Stone, American Institute of Architects;
William Brophy, International Association Fire Engineers;
C. J. H. Woodbury, American Bell Telephone Company;
S. D. Greene and H. C. Wirt, General Electric Company;
Charles F. Scott, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing
E. A. Fitzgerald, Underwriters’ National Electric
William J. Hammer, National Electric Light Association;
William Brophy, National Electric Light Association;
Harrison J. Smith, National Electric Light Association;
James I. Ayer, National Electric Light Association;
C. H. Wilmerding, National Electric Light Association;
William McDevitt, Board of Fire Underwriters, Philadelphia;
Morris W. Mead, Bureau of Electricity, Pittsburgh;
E. V. French, Factory Mutual Insurance Company, Boston;
A. E. Kennelly; W.
J. Jenks; E. H. Johnson.
The meeting was called to order at
11.10 A. M. by Mr. William J. Hammer, who said:
Gentlemen, the first thing in order
will be to proceed with the election of a Secretary. There are certain
papers to be received and read, roll to be called, etc., and I would be glad to
hear nominations for Secretary.
Mr. Ayer: I suggest the name
of Mr. C. J. H. Woodbury, of Boston.
There being, no other nominations, Mr. Woodbury was
The Secretary then called the roll;
and as each gentleman responded to his name, he was furnished with a printed
copy of the rules to be considered at the meeting.
The Secretary then read the
The Chairman stated that Mr.
Henderson sent a letter, and that Mr. Anthony had also sent a letter stating
that he would be in attendance at the meeting; also that Mr. Barton had sent
word that he would attend.
The Chairman: The next thing
to be considered will be nominations for a permanent chairman of this meeting.
The chair is ready to entertain nominations.
Mr. Ayer: I nominate Mr.. W.
The motion was duly seconded; and
the Secretary put the question on the nomination, which was carried
The Chairman: I would like
to call upon Captain Brophy, who has a motion to make.
Mr. Brophy: Mr. Chairman and
gentlemen; In making up the list of associations that were to be asked to send
delegates to this meeting, I think we overlooked one very important
organization, that is, the Associated Factory Mutuals, of Boston. I move
that Mr. French, their representative, be asked to represent them here on this
The Chairman: Before
proceeding, further, I wish to state that when the matter was first brought up,
the committee was not fully conversant with the scope and magnitude of this
organization; but we have felt lately that it was highly desirable to have as
strong a representation of the insurance companies as possible, and the Factory
Mutuals should be recognized in the same manner as other national
organizations, as they represent, I understand, something like seven hundred
million dollars of insured property and form practically a national
organization of great scope.
Those in favor of the Associated
Factory Mutual Insurance interest being recognized on the same par with the
other organizations which have already been invited according to this list and
that Mr. French, who is their chief inspector and represents them here should
be recognized as other official delegates, please signify the same saying aye.
The motion was duly carried.
Stone: Are all of these national organizations?
I see some of them are apparently not. I am going to
ask if it would be proper for the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia organizations to
be represented; some of these organizations do not seem to be exactly national.
Chairman: I will state that the Pittsburgh organization and the Philadelphia
organization are not recognized at all. We have extended a complimentary
invitation to gentlemen identified with those interests to attend in their
individual capacity, not as representing an organization; but merely to come in
an advisory capacity, that they may give us the benefit of their suggestions
and criticisms, so that they can cooperate with us in this important work.
I desire to
express my heartiest appreciation of my election as permanent chairman of this
important gathering, and I certainly trust that we have taken a decisive step
towards the securing of the much to be desired result of having one national
code which will meet with the full approval of the electrical, insurance and
allied interests. The National Electric Light Association has very
largely been interested in this work from its inception; and the committee in
which I have the honor of being chairman, have taken the initiative in calling
together this representation of the organizations interested. Our
committee deemed it advisable, in view of that fact, to request that the
President of the National Electric Light Association should be present at this
meeting and make a few remarks to this body. I therefore take great
pleasure in calling upon Mr. C. H. Wilmerding, the President of the National
Electric Light Association, to address the meeting.
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