Thaddeus Cahill

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Thaddeus Cahill was born somewhere in Iowa (exact location unknown) back in 1867. I don’t have a lot of information (none) about his parents or early upbringing.  What I can tell you about his is that he studied physics of music at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.  He worked as a clerk for Congress in Washington, D.C. to pay for his college studies. 

 In 1889, he graduated from Columbian Law School.

After graduation, he established a laboratory at Holyoke with his brother Arthur.  It was there that he invented something that is still in use to this day (more on that in a moment).    His invention weighed in at a hefty 7 tones with a price tag of @200,000.00 which is equivalent to $5,514,000.00 today.  With the price tag only three were built, thus his vision was never fully implemented.

What you may not know about Thaddeus is that he invented the first electric organ.  He was also convinced that the music could be broadcasted into hotels, restaurants, theaters and homes via the telephone lines.  His idea was the precursor to what we now know as streaming media.

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Comments (15)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray wow.... nice piece of information....there are many keyboard players who add to the value of musicals worldwide and music groups....

May 11, 2019 03:23 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

That was a large organ and we know now whom to blame for the elevator music.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

May 11, 2019 04:27 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

You could say he sure took the long view.

May 11, 2019 04:39 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is another of your wow stories.  Wishing you a great day on the links.  A

May 11, 2019 06:03 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - very interesting information especially the cost involved in the beginning/.

May 11, 2019 07:05 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, the cost back then was incredible, streaming music today does not cost much at all.

May 11, 2019 08:01 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - Now an electric organ or keyboard just weigh in at a few pounds! 

May 11, 2019 08:27 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I imagine he would be pretty impressed with "what came after...".

May 11, 2019 08:52 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon James. This is really incredible. Some minds amaze me. Good one.

May 11, 2019 10:57 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 I never would have guessed who created the electric Organ James Dray 

May 11, 2019 01:17 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Well, once again I learned something new from you. Thanks for another fun history lesson!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


May 11, 2019 02:53 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I am always amazed at all of the interesting people you find to share with us, James!!!!  And appreciate your call!

May 11, 2019 05:15 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow I had no idea that the electric organ has been around that long... foolish me I thought it was the 1960's invention:)Endre

May 11, 2019 11:54 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Now that is an important guy in the universe. He made a difference.

May 13, 2019 06:39 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thaddeus was certainly a visionary James Dray 

May 14, 2019 06:18 AM