Automatic Electric

Automatic Electric

The Automatic Electric Company, which Almon Strowger helped create, was acquired by General Telephone & Electric (GT&E) in 1955. Twenty-eight years later, in 1983, GT&E merged Automatic Electric with another company, carrier equipment manufacturer Lenkurt, into GTE Network Systems, which was soon renamed GTE Communication Systems. In 1989, GTE Communication Systems became AG Communication Systems, a joint venture between AT&T and GTE. The company became fully incorporated into Lucent, now Alcatel-Lucent, in 2004.

And that concludes the story of Almon Strowger and his invention of the Strowger Switch.  It’s important to note that after all of his troubles with Alexander Bell’s companies; and his success in his company Automatic Exchange, which liberated him from the massive Bell companies; the Bell empire ended up acquiring Strowgers company and his patents.  If it wasn’t for just a few modern day historians, most people would forget the name of Almon Strowger and downplay his role in the invention of the telephone, even worse, giving credit to the legacy of Alexander Bell.