Charles Gilbert Gates

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Charles Gilbert Gates in 1903

Charles Gilbert Gates (May 26, 1876 – October 29, 1913) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, who had owned the first home in the United States where air conditioning was installed in 1914.[1] He was the son of John Warne Gates, also known as "Bet-a-Million" Gates.[1]


Charles Gilbert Gates was the son of John Warne Gates, the pioneer manufacturer of barbed wire. In July 1913 he drove from his home in Minneapolis to New York City, where he had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. He died in Cody, Wyoming in 1913.[2] After his death his home was completed and was the first to have air conditioning installed.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "History of Air Conditioning". Bucknell University. Archived from the original on 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-08-13. The first air-conditioned home was that of Charles Gates, son of gambler John "Bet a Million" Gates, in Minneapolis in 1914.
  2. ^ "Stricken with Apoplexy at Cody After a Hunting Trip in Wyoming" (PDF). The New York Times. October 29, 1913. Retrieved 2009-07-23.