Cyrus West Field

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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

Good morning, James Dray and that could be labeled the first step that developed into texting....

Dec 19, 2019 03:24 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - now that is quite the accomplishment.  He had a vision.

Dec 19, 2019 03:34 AM #2
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Now that's some communication invention !

Dec 19, 2019 03:43 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Cyrus was a real thinker in a time when the journey was more difficult. Enjoy your day!

Dec 19, 2019 03:54 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... another one of those historical figures who made a major impact on our lives about whom we learned little.

Dec 19, 2019 04:48 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

People with vision always contributes to such wonderful inventions.

Dec 19, 2019 05:36 AM #6
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am thinking that it is very beneficial to start things at a very young age since most of these people that you blog about began under the age of 18, haha.  I think yesterday the guy was 5 years old when he finished secondary school.

Dec 19, 2019 06:05 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Wow! Try to tell a young man today that hard work and low pay at the start may lead to great wishes and they would say "No, I want it all NOW!" James Dray 

Dec 19, 2019 06:25 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I live in Stockbridge and had never heard of him.....go figure.

Dec 19, 2019 07:02 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - an amazing feat eave by today's standards. I can't imagine what it took to lay that cable. 

Dec 19, 2019 07:56 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- I have to love Barbara Todaro's comment!!!

Dec 19, 2019 12:08 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Sounds like Cyrus was all about connecting people & had the mind to make happen.

Dec 19, 2019 12:29 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Cyrus West Field - an amazing life.  WOW!  James Dray,   don't you wonder when you choose a particular person for the day --- wonder about the miracle lived out in some of their lives?  Some seem to be destined for greatness and seem to pick this up early in their lives.  Cyrus West Field ventured out at the age of 15 years.

Dec 19, 2019 01:54 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this amazing story of Cyrus West Field.  With an early start and great determination - he did a lot for himself and others.

Dec 19, 2019 06:17 PM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, what a great story, and the power of communication just keeps expanding

across continents.  A

Dec 19, 2019 06:20 PM #15
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I was not aware that a cable had been laid across the ocean that early.

Dec 20, 2019 11:30 AM #16
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Something to be said from starting from the lowest level. You begin to understand things at a much deeper level and then can make improvements on what you've learned.

Dec 21, 2019 06:40 AM #17
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Connecting Europe with the U. S. by wire was a momentous feat. Not bad for a guy who was "semi-retired".

Dec 21, 2019 08:15 AM #18
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

$50 to semi retired at 34 is quite an accomplishment, but then to connect two great countries...remarkable.  Thank you for sharing the Horacio Alger type story.

Jan 17, 2020 04:41 AM #19
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