Theodore Newton Vail - AT&T President 1918
Theodore Newton Vail was President of AT&T between 1885 and 1889, and again from 1907 to 1919.
He persuaded President Wilson that the telephone company should be a monopoly so that it could grow - and it was for several decades.
You could say that Vail, as an industrialist, was instrumental in creating the market for iPhones today!
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Harris and Ewing. ... show more