Jeptha Wade

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Jeptha Homer Wade (August 11, 1811 - August 9, 1890) was an industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of Western Union Telegraph.

Born in Romulus, New York, Wade was a Cleveland, Ohio industrialist who was responsible for the consolidation of most of the telegraph industry by forming Western Union in 1856 through a series of acquisitions and mergers.

In 1861, Wade joined forces with Benjamin Franklin Ficklin and Hiram Sibley to form the Pacific Telegraph Company. With it, the final link between the east and west coast of the United States was made by telegraph.

Wade used his vast wealth to benefit his community of Cleveland. In 1882, Wade donated 72 acres of land east of the city for purpose of creating a park, which was named Wade Park in his honor. Wade also was heavily involved with the formations and establishment of Hathaway Brown School, a private academy for young girls and women; he also co-founded the Case School of Applied Technology, now part of Case Western Reserve University. In addition, Wade served as the first President of the Board of Trustees for Lakeview Cemetery on Cleveland’s east side.

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