November 18, 2016

Ezra Cornell was born in the early 1800s, into a very young America, an America that didn’t have a whole lot of infrastructure.

As he grew up, he got a whole bunch of odd mechanical jobs, and he found out he was really good at them - which meant he could help build up that early infrastructure.

Then there was a huge economic downturn, and he got fired.

It was called the Panic of 1837, and it happened because people were speculating and driving up real estate prices.

Then – I know you’re shocked – there was a crash.

But a few years later, Ezra got a big break.

He knew a guy who knew a guy who you might have heard of... Samuel Morse.

To find out how they laid the foundation for our modern communication system, listen to the segment above.

Western Union, Historic Innovation, Kara Miller, Ezra Cornell

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