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General Anson STAGER

General Anson STAGER

Male 1825 - 1885  (59 years)

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  • Name Anson STAGER 
    Prefix General 
    Born 20 Apr 1825  Ontario, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    _AMTID 110112944130:1030:113090087 
    _UID 3048E8458FFF4EE98EF14E5DC008E786C967 
    Died 26 Mar 1885  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I25285  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 28 May 2010 

    Family Rebecca SPRAGUE,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Emma Louisa STAGER,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 26 May 2021 
    Family ID F11488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Apr 1825 - Ontario, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Mar 1885 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois Link to Google Earth
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    Anson Stager.jpg

  • Notes 
    • The co-founder of Western Union, the first president of Western Electric Manufacturing Company and Union Army general, where he was head of the Military Telegraph Department during the Civil War.

      He was born in Ontario County, New York. At age sixteen, Stager began working as an apprentice on the Rochester Daily Advertiser for a printer and telegraph builder named Henry O'Reilly of Rochester, New York. After the latter had a telegraph line constructed from Philadelphia to Harrisburg he placed Stager in operator positions in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and then at age 21 he was put in charge of the first Lancaster, Pennsylvania office in 1846. In the spring of 1848, he was made chief operator of the "National lines" at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he made several improvements in battery and wire arrangement. In 1852 Stager was promoted to superintendent, and also served as the first general superintendent of Western Union Company, newly consolidated in 1856.

      After the Civil War broke out in April 1861, Stager was requested by Ohio governor William Dennison, Jr. to manage the telegraphs in southern Ohio and along the Virginia Line. Stager obliged and immediately prepared a cipher by which he could securely communicate with those who had the key (notably the governors of Illinois and Indiana). In October he was called to Washington and appointed head of the Military Telegraph Department, which oversaw government telegraphs in all departments. He remained in service until September, 1868, and was made a brevet brigadier general of volunteers for valuable services.

      In 1869 General Stager moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he served as president of Western Electric. He was also president of the Chicago Telephone Company and president of the Western Edison Company, and secured a consolidation of the two.

      Anson Stager died in Chicago, Illinois on March 26, 1885 and was survived by three daughters.