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- A brave and brilliant entrepreneur, who changed the face of international communications when he laid the first telegraphic cable between Europe and America and turned it into a financial success.
- david edward hughes funded by cyrus west field
- henry charles fleeming jenkin work related to cyrus west field
- queen victoria cabled thanks to cyrus west field
- gutta percha used by cyrus west field
- matthew fontaine maury commissioned by cyrus west field
- john augustus roebling anticipated work of cyrus west field
- ss great eastern chartered by cyrus west field
- james buchanan a pal of cyrus west field
- Field chose not to go to college, because he wanted to learn about business from the bottom up.
- At 15 he became an errand boy at A T Steward's dry goods store in New York and moved up to the position of senior clerk.
- He then went to work as a salesman at his brother's paper mill.
- After only six years in business, in 1840 he became a junior partner in the New York firm of E. Root and Company, a paper wholesaler.
- Six months later the company went bankrupt and Field, although only a junior partner, felt that it was his responsibility to help repay the company's creditors.
- He started a new business venture with his brother-in-law, opening his own paper-wholesaling firm, Cyrus W. Field and Company.
- Field's interest in telegraphy, the work for which he is best remembered, started in 1854.
- His brother Matthew introduced him to the English engineer, Frederick N. Gisborne, one of whose aims was to improve communication between North America and Great Britain by means of a line of fast steamships.
- Gisborne also wanted to construct a telegraph connection between Nova Scotia and the United States.
- Field decided that he would join America and Europe by submarine cable.