William Fothergill Cooke

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

William Fothergill Cooke was born in Ealing, Middlesex, England back in 1806. He was educated at the Durham School before enrolling at the University of Edinbrugh. When he was 20 he enrolled in the Indian Army. After five year of service he returned to study medicine in Paris. In 1836, he was something that at the time was only experimental. He quit studying medicine and put the invention into practical operation.

In 1837, he returned to England where he met Charles Wheatstone, together they opened up a partnership with Cooke handling the business side. For Cooke’s improvement and patents on the idea he was granted a civil list pension in 1871, he died in 1879.

What you may not know about William is that he was the co-inventor of the Cooke-Wheatston Electrical telegraph, patented in 1837 he founded the Electric Telegraph Company, the world’s first public telegraph company. He was knighted in 1869.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray ...and that's how our lines of communication began.... AT & T and more today....

Jan 23, 2020 03:46 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. William had a creative mind that was in constant use. Enjoy your day!

Jan 23, 2020 03:47 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I wonder how computers would work with his instrument instead of a computer!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 23, 2020 04:11 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Well that sure made life a little better and now we just call it a wire.

Jan 23, 2020 04:36 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

And William certainly deserved his knighthood for that invention if you ask me, James!

Jan 23, 2020 04:51 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - effective communication is worthy of attention whenever it occurs.  

Jan 23, 2020 05:20 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Communication is such an important thing in the world and it sounds like he was one of the pioneers for the industry.

Jan 23, 2020 06:57 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This guy was really incredible. So many talents and skills.

Jan 23, 2020 07:03 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

His invention had a good run James Dray . Some day our children will look back at texting as we now do on the telegraph.

Jan 23, 2020 07:24 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- from the telegraph to texting...it all had to start somewhere. 

Jan 23, 2020 07:48 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And thanks to him, lines of communication have continued to evolve and evolve, what next?  A

Jan 23, 2020 09:11 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Were would we be without a way of communication in the early year.

Jan 23, 2020 01:51 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I guess that's where texting came from...

Thanks for making me think James Dray 

Jan 23, 2020 02:42 PM #13
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Sounds like a good fellow and one the empire called Sir.

Jan 23, 2020 04:03 PM #14
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 incredible story.  Every journey starts with a single step. He definitely took that step in the right direction.  

Jan 23, 2020 08:22 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

That was pretty interesting, and it was all news to me. Certainly this was a very practical invention.


Jan 25, 2020 11:39 AM #16
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

So, it is Sir William Fothergill Cooke. We are so taken by the invention of the telephone that we often forget about the revolutionary concept of the telegraph for communication.

Feb 10, 2020 10:37 AM #17
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