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.
(A blog post explaining a rumor that Creighton loaned a massive sum of money to "the Mormon leader.")
(An in-depth Nebraska History Magazine article)