Cyrus West Field

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Birthday
30, 1819
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Jul 12, 1892 (72)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
30, 1819
Birthplace
Massachusetts
Death Date
Jul 12, 1892 (72)

About

American businessman and entrepreneur who is known for creating the Atlantic Telegraph Company. He is also known for having laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858. 

Before Fame

Beginning as an assistant to a paper manufacturing company created by his brother, he eventually went on to start a company Cyrus W. Field & Co. with his brother. In January of 1854, he began what was known as the Cable Cabinet of entrepreneurs which formed into the American Telegraph Company. 

Trivia

He earned a gold medal from the U.S. Congress and the grand prize at the International Exposition in Paris for his work on the transatlantic cable. 

Family Life

He was born and raised in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was he eighth of ten children. He married Mary Bryan Stone in December of 1840 and together they had seven children. 

Associated With

During the Panic of 1857, his neighbor in Gramercy Park Peter Cooper kept him from going under, continuing to support his business endeavors.