The first uses of electricity as a tool for use were in information transmission, which began in the late 18th century, and spread to virtually every town in the country by the late 19th century with use of electrical telegraphs. The first common use of electricity in non-industrial settings was in light bulbs, invented by Thomas Edison. (notably, his was the first practical, long-lasting bulb, not the first ever invented)
In 1882 Edison founded the first electrical supply network, powering 59 homes in lower manhattan with direct current (later replaced by alternating current in the US). While there are many scientists of that era (notably including Edison’s rival, Nicola Tesla) who helped bring electricity to homes, Edison is certainly the one that stands tallest.
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