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THOMAS ECKERT
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THOMAS THOMPSON ECKERT (1825-1910) had supervised the construction of the Pittsburgh-Chicago telegraph line in 1852. During the Civil War, he took charge of the military telegraph office at General McClellan's headquarters, becoming superintendent of the military telegraph with the rank of Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in 1862. In September of that year, Eckert was called to Washington, D.C. to establish the military telegraph in War Department buildings and was promoted to Major. During this time, he became close friends with President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. In 1864, the year he was brevetted Lieutenant General (he later was promoted to Brigadier General), Eckert was appointed Assistant Secretary of War under Stanton, remaining in the office until 1866, when he resigned to be come General Superintendent of Western Union Telegraph Company's eastern lines. In 1875, he became President of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company, and, in 1880, President of the American Union Telegraph Company. In 1881, when these companies consolidated with Western Union, he became Vice President and General Manager of the company. Eckert became President in 1893 and Chairman of the Board in 1900.
  • THOMAS ECKERT - AUTOGRAPH 04/24/1866  - HFSID 23340
    THOMAS ECKERT - AUTOGRAPH 04/24/1866 - HFSID 23340
    THOMAS ECKERT. Signature: "Thos. T. Eckert./Washington DC/April 24th 1866." as Assistant Secretary of War, 3¾x1½, affixed to 7½x11 typed biography. Headed: "Thomas T. Eckert -1825-1910./American Electrical Engineer.

    Sale Price $72.00

    $80.00

  • THOMAS ECKERT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/12/1881  - HFSID 76198
    THOMAS ECKERT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/12/1881 - HFSID 76198
    THOMAS ECKERT. ALS: "Yours very truly,/Thos T. Eckert", 1p, 7½x9½. New York, 1881 July 12. On sheet headed "Western Union Telegraph Company" to Professor J.E. Hilgard, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Office, Washington, D.C.Begins: "My dear Sir".

    Sale Price $324.00

    $360.00

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