Nebraska Hall of Fame: Edward Creighton

Telegraph Pioneer & Banker

Edward Creighton (1820 - 1874) was noted as "one of the most successful businessmen" to come to Nebraska. 

Creighton came to Omaha in 1857 where he assisted with the construction of a telegraph line extending from St. Joseph, Missouri to Omaha. 

He was the Pacific Telegraph Company's first general superintendent, and he continued to invest in the company following his resignation. 

Even after becoming a Wyoming Cattleman in 1864, Creighton maintained business interests in Omaha, including his presidency of the city's First National Bank. 

Creighton hoped to one day build a learning institution in Omaha, and after his passing, his widow delivered his dream by providing funds for Creighton University's formation. 

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981 - 82. 

 

 

Other Resources:

Edward A. Creighton - biographical column 

"Did Ed Creighton loan $100,000 to Brigham Young?"

     (A blog post explaining a rumor that Creighton loaned a massive sum of money to "the Mormon leader.") 

Ed Creighton's $100,000 Loan to Brigham Young

     (An in-depth Nebraska History Magazine article)

Creighton University Founding History 

view of Edward Creighton bust from right side.

View of Edward Creighton bust straight on.

View of Edward Creighton bust from left side.

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