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James Kennedy Moorhead

James Kennedy Moorhead (1806 – 1884)

Born in Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on September 7th, Moorhead attended the common schools, and served an apprenticeship at the tanner’s trade. He pursed a different vocation and became a canal contractor involved with the Juniata Canal. Later he would establish the first passenger packet line on the Pennsylvania Canal in 1835. In 1838 Moorhead was appointed adjutant general of Pennsylvania. But soon Moorhead was again engaged in the canal business (Monongahela Navigation Canal). Later Moorhead would be president of the Atlantic & Ohio Telegraph Co. which later became Western Union Telegraph.

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