Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Norvin Green Western Union Telegraph Company Cards

Norvin Green Western Union Telegraph Company Cards. This collection consists of 6 Western Union cards dated 1880's-90's, of NY, NH, and CT. Three have printed signatures of Green.

Only 1 collection available! Collection of 6 Telegraph Cards. Very Rare! 

Norvin Green (1818-1893), Physician, Legislator, President of the Western Union Telegraph Company. At the age of 16 he opened a grocery store on a flatboat and traveled down the Ohio & Mississippi selling supplies to the lumbermen on the banks. In 1840 he graduated from the Medical College of the University of Louisville. His medical practice was interrupted by two terms in the Kentucky House of Representatives, 1850-53.

The year 1853 also marks the time when Green definitely turned his back on medicine and politics and engaged in the business career which was to bring him his reputation. In this year two rival telegraph lines from Louisville to New Orleans-the People's, and the New Orleans & Ohio-were consolidated after a period of ruinous competition, and the consolidated lines were shortly leased for operation to a number of men, of whom Green was one. He was one of the first to conceive the idea of a national consolidation of telegraph companies, and in 1857 he took the first steps toward realizing his ambition by initiating the consolidation of the six leading telegraph lines in the U. S. This resulted in the formation of the North American Telegraph Company.

In 1866 the process was completed by the formation of the Western Union, embracing all the lines in the U.S. Green served as vice president of it until 1878, when he became the president and continued in that capacity until his death.

Green was a prominent figure in Louisville and in 1867 was elected as one of the representatives from that city in the Kentucky House of Representatives. From 1870 to 1873 he was president of the Louisville, Cincinnati, & Lexington Railway.

State(s): Connecticut New Hampshire New York
Years: 1880s-90s

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