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 Jeptha Homer Wade, Sr

Jeptha Homer Wade, Sr

Birth
Romulus, Seneca County, New York, USA
Death 9 Sep 1890 (aged 79)
Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Burial Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Plot Section 2
Memorial ID 1301 · View Source
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Western Industrialist. Born in Romulus, New York, he was best known for being a founding member of Western Union Telegraph service. In 1847, he was wiring subcontractor when he constructed a telegraph line from Detroit to Jackson Michigan, Together with his telegraph office friend Allen Wade, he also connected Detroit to Buffalo, Cleveland to Cincinnati as the Cleveland and Cincinnati Telegraph Company. His idea was to create telegraph service which would branch all major points in the east then progress to new locations in the west. In 1861, he joined forces with Benjamin Ficklin and Hiram Sibley to form the Pacific Telegraph Company. The company's formation completed the linkage between the east and west coast of the United States as the Western Union Telegraph service. Wade became the first president of Western Union in 1866 and a year later he resigned because of ill-health. He became president of National Bank of Commerce and served on the board of directors of eight railroads. He died at age 79 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1301
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeptha Homer Wade, Sr (11 Aug 1811–9 Sep 1890), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1301, citing Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .