Erie and Michigan Telegraph Company

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The Erie and Michigan Telegraph Company was formed by Francis Ormand Jonathan Smith to connect Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee. Smith was a partner in ownership of the Morse patent. John James Speed, Jr. was assigned to construct lines west of Detroit in 1845.[1] The first portion was constructed by Jeptha Wade in 1847. Speed was named president when the company was organized, and later Ezra Cornell became president.


  1. ^ James D. Reid, The Telegraph in America, New York, Arno Press, 1974, pp. 268-281