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Cornell, Ezra

Born: 1807 AD
Died: 1874 AD
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US telegraph businessman and philanthropist

 

oversaw construction of telegraph line from Washington DC to Baltimore 1843-1844

 

co-founded Western Union Telegraph Co. 1855 (chartered 1856)

 

co-founder and eponym of Cornell University (incorporated 1865, opened 1868)

 

father of Alonzo Cornell