Electrical generation in the United States grew exponentially during the 1880s and 1890s. For purposes of illumination and supplying motive power, it was clearly the wave of the future. Not long after the arrival of Henry Flagler's first train to Miami in 1896, that community was officially incorporated as a "city.” But, of course, in actual size it was hardly what we would call a village. It had no electrical service. So, when Flagler opened his large grand hotel, the "Royal Palm,” in 1897, nothing would do but the local introduction of generators which would produce electricity for his 400 room hotel and, incidentally, for the growing town around it. Some years later, Carl Fisher extended electric service from Miami to Miami Beach, where it would help "illuminate" the aggressive development there undertaken by Collins and Fisher. A corporate name familiar to all South Floridians, Florida Power and Light, was born with the merger of Flagler and Fisher's two original companies on December 28th, 1925.
Answer: Henry Flagler
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