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Theodore Newton Vail
AT&T - A Telecom Giant - (1845-1921)

"I never being unwilling, when young, to do another man's work, and then, when older, by never doing anything somebody else could do better for me." (Theodore N. Vail)

Key Work

  • Worked for the U.S. government reforming the postal delivery system.
  • Joined Bell Telephone Co.
  • Secured control of Western Electric Co.
  • Sees The opportunity in new technology. Incorporate of American Telephone & Telegraph Company.
  • Resigns as president of AT&T
  • Recalled as president of AT&T.
  • Buys control of Western Union Telegraph Company
  • Forced by Justice Department to dispose of Western Union stock.
  • AT& T is still a US Telecom Giant

Books & References:

  • The telephone book : Bell, Watson, Vail and American life, 1876-1976 / H. M. Boettinger ; special photography by Richard A. Steinberg ; design by Ray Ripper, 1876-1976. Newmarket, Ontario: Riverwood Publishers, 1977.
  • Paine, Albert Bigelow. In One Man's Life: Being Chapters From The Personal And Business Career Of Theodore N. Vail. London: Harper & Brothers, 1921.


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