Thaddeus was born in Iowa (sorry I don’t know what area) back in 1867. I have no information as to who his parents were however, it is not relevant to this story, so we’ll continue. What I can tell you is that he studied physics at Oberlin Conservatory (now George Washington University) in Oberlin, Ohio. During the summer, he worked as a clerk in Washington, D.C. to pay for his college.
He graduated in 1889 with a degree in law. However, as far as I can find he never was admitted to the board or practiced law turning his attention to an invention that he felt would revolutionize something he was interested in. His invention was first shown in 1902, later that year he established a laboratory to continue his work. His invention was successful however, only three were built and he died in 1934 at 66 in New York City.
Now you may be asking yourself what did Thaddeus invent. Well first off I guess I’ll tell you I’m writing about Thaddeus Cahill; did that ring a bell? For those of you who don’t know he was the inventor of the telharmonium which was an early electrical organ that sent electrical signals over telephone lines. It weighed a hefty 7 tons and cost 200,000.00 which today the price tag would be a little over 5.5 million. He is credited with inventing the first electromechanical musical instrument. He wanted to stream music into hotels, restaurants, theaters and homes. His dream was to come full circle with the advent of streaming media nearly a century later. Only now you know what we take for granted was invented back in 1902.