Stuart Warren Cramer (March 31, 1868 – July 2, 1940)[1] was an American engineer and contractor. He was the founder of Cramerton, NC and was involved in the textiles and air conditioning industries, as well as being a founding partner in Duke Power.[2]

In a May 1906 speech in Asheville, NC, before the American Cotton Manufacturers Association, Cramer coined the term air conditioning. Cramer's connection to air conditioning was connected with his work in the textile industry. Over the course of his career he acquired more than 60 patents for the humidity control and ventilating equipment he developed for cotton mills across the South.[3]

Stuart W. Cramer High School in Belmont, North Carolina which includes Cramerton in its attendance district, was named for him.[4]

Several of his works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[5]

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  1. ^ Catherine Westergaard and Catherine W. Bishir (2012). "North Carolina Architects & Builders: Stuart W. Cramer (1868-1940)".
  2. ^ "History Video". Gaston County Schools. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  3. ^ N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. "This Day in North Carolina History: Textile Executive Stuart Cramer and Air Conditioning".
  4. ^ "History". Gaston County Schools. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.