McLean County, Illinois
JAMES McTWIGGAN, Superintendent of the Bloomington Electric Light Company, in which he is a stockholder, is a gentleman well fitted for the responsibilities which devolve upon him in this capacity, having a thorough knowledge of the requirements of his position. He is well posted on all matters connected with the electric system, having been associated with some of the best works in this and other States. He has had the supervision of the plant in this city since the works were started, and is probably the most competent man in the city for the office which he occupies.
Mr. McTwiggan is a native of Scotland, and was born in August, 1847. His parents emigrated to America, and after arriving at suitable years James returned to his native country, where he learned the trade of a millwright and pattern-maker.
After returning to the United States he spent some time in the city of Boston, among the leading firms, representing his trade, and in connection with this acquired a good knowledge of the electric light system. In 1884 he came to this county and began the construction of the Bloomington Electric Light Works. After getting everything in running order they started by furnishing 100 lights, and continued until they had 240, of which 211 were exclusively for the lighting of the city. The works now have a capacity of 300 lights. They are put up in the best style and equipped with the latest improvements.
Mr. McTwiggan became interested in the electric light system when it was first brought to the notice of the public, in 1877, and since that time has given it his close attention. The result of this has been that he has become an expert in all its departments, and possesses the best of judgment in his capacity as Superintendent.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 335. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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