Cyrus West Field was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts back in 1819 to David and Submit. At 15 he moved to New York City where he worked for the A.T. Stewart & Co. as an errand boy. His first year he earned the sum total of $50.00 which doubled the next year. In 1838, he worked at Columbia Mill a paper manufacturing firm in Lee, Massachusetts.
In 1840, he went to work for himself manufacturing paper in Westfield, Massachusetts. By 1853, he became one of the richest men in New York. By the age of 34 he was semiretired. In 1854, he turned his attention to telegraphy. What can I say, the rest is history? With backing from the American and British governments he created the Atlantic Telegraph Company. Laying the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858. He died in 1892, he was 72.
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