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Theodore Newton Vail

Born: Jul 16, 1845

Death: Apr 16, 1920

Birthplace: Minerva

Nationality: United States

Theodore Newton Vail

Date of Birth : Jul 16, 1845
Date of Death : Apr 16, 1920
Birth Place : Minerva

Theodore Newton Vail was a U.S. telephone industrialist. He served as the president of American Telephone & Telegraph between 1885 and 1889, and again from 1907 to 1919. Vail saw telephone service as a public utility and moved to consolidate telephone networks under the Bell system. In 1913 he oversaw the Kingsbury Commitment that led to a more open system for connection.


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