John James Speed Jr.

John James Speed Jr.

Mecklenburg County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Jun 1867 (aged 63)
Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Memorial ID 110458074 · View Source
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Colonel John James Speed, Jr. was the son of John James Speed Sr., and Lucy Swepson. He married Ann Sophie Morrell. Colonel Speed had a storied life. He moved from Virginia to Ithaca, NY where he initially farmed and served as the 16th president of Ithaca. He established a mercantile business and later experimented with communications and became interested in Telegraphy working as an inventor with Ezra Cornell. He lived in Detroit, Michigan and later moved to Vermont for his health. He passed away in Brooklyn, NY and his ashes were interred in Green-Wood Cemetery as described in the history of the 44 presidents of the village of Ithaca, NY.
Published upon his death:
When Col. Speed died the Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, of New York, wrote the following, which was published at the time, June, 1867:
"On last Monday afternoon was borne to Greenwood cemetery the remains of a man so remarkable for mental powers and nobleness of character that he well deserves a tribute in your columns. Col. John James Speed was born in Virginia, 1803, but spent his early life among the hills in Tompkins county, N. Y. During his residence in Ithaca his fertile brain invented a system of telegraphing by light signals which was adopted by the Russian government. When Professor Morse produced his magnetic telegraph, Col. Speed and his intimate friend, Hon. Ezra Cornell, founder of the University, were most efficient co-workers with the eminent Processor in introducing and perfecting the apparatus. With many scientific inventions and public enterprises Col. Speed was intimately connected. At Detroit he was the president of the Western Telegraph Company, and at Portland, Me., he established the independent line to Washington.

His son John James Speed, III is interred in Elmwood Cemetery Detroit Michigan Memorial # 98130301


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