WADE, JEPTHA
Wade was one of the founders of the American commercial telegraph system, a system which was instrumental in the "opening" of the West, and in the industrial development of this country. Starting with a small telegraph line between Detroit to Jackson in 1847, Wade quickly developed other lines. By 1856, after numerous consolidations, Wade was made the general agent of the Western Union Telegraph Company. By 1862, Wade had expanded to the west coast, thereby putting out of business the firm operating the pony express and preparing the way for the transcontinental railroad. In 1866 he was made president of the now-enlarged Western Union, but ill health soon forced his retirement.

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Kalamazoo, Allegan & Grand Rapids RR Co. Signed By Jeptha Wade

 WADE, JEPTHA
1888, Michigan. $1,000 First Mortgage Bond of the Kalamazoo, Allegan & Grand Rapids RR Company bearing 5% interest. Brown/Black with brown overprint. Engraved vignette of the state seal at top center. Signed as president by JEPTHA WADE (1811 - 1890); Telegraph developer. Wade was one of the founders of the American commercial telegraph system, a system which was instrumental in the "opening" of the West, and in the industrial development of this country. Starting with a small telegraph line between Detroit to Jackson in 1847, Wade quickly developed other lines. By 1856, after numerous consolidations, Wade was made the general agent of the Western Union Telegraph Company. By 1862, Wade had expanded to the west coast, thereby putting out of business the firm operating the pony express and preparing the way for the transcontinental railroad. In 1866 he was made president of the now-enlarged Western Union, but ill health soon forced his retirement. Stamp and punch cancellation not affecting Wade's clean, fresh signature. Attached revenue stamp at bottom right. Very fine.
Catalog: # SB-2563
State: Michigan
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $75.00

Valley Railway Company Signed By Jeptha Wade As President

 WADE, JEPTHA
1883, Ohio. Special stock certificate for 5 shares. Green. Vignette at center of a train passing a coal barn. Signed as president by JEPTHA WADE (1811 - 1890); Telegraph developer. Wade was one of the founders of the American commercial telegraph system, a system which was instrumental in the "opening" of the West. Light glue residue at left from stub. Very Fine. Punch cancellations not affecting Wade's signature.
Catalog: # SB-4249
State: Ohio
Topic: Famous People on Stocks and Bonds
Price: $125.00