Cyrus West Field

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Cyrus West Field c. 1858

Cyrus West Field (November 30, 1819July 11/12, 1892) was an American businessman and financier who led the Atlantic Telegraph Company, the company that successfully laid the first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean in 1858. The cable broke soon afterward. In 1866, Field laid a new, more durable cable which provided almost instant communication across the Atlantic. In December 1884, the Canadian Pacific Railway named the community of Field, British Columbia, Canada in his honour.

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