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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." In full: "In charge of first telegraph line from Pittsburg (sic) to Chicago. In 1861, superintendent of military telegraph department and the army of the Potomac in the Civil War. In 1864,1866 was assistant Secretary of War. From 1866 to 1875 was general superintendent of the eastern division of the Western Union Telegraph Company. From 1875-81 was president of American Union Telegraph Company. From 1892-1902 was president and general manager of the Western Union Telegraph Company." 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. Lightly rippled at lower blank margin at area where signature has been affixed. Unrelated typed text on verso shows through faintly. Fine condition.

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