Word Origin & History

type of musical instrument (originally a player piano popular in silent movie theaters, later a type of jukebox), 1925, named for The Wurlitzer Company, founded near Cincinnati, Ohio, 1856 by Rudolph Wurlitzer, Saxon immigrant to U.S. An importer at first, he started production of pianos in 1880; coin-operated
pianos in 1896.
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United States businessman (born in German) who founded a company to make pipe organs (1831-1914) 
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