Businessman Ezra Cornell, born in 1807, worked with Samuel F.B. Morse in developing the telegraph.

He played a major part in constructing America's first telegraph line between Washington and Baltimore in 1844 and expanding the system nationally.Cornell became a wealthy man and retired at 51 to a farm near here. Interested in education, he helped found Cornell University in Ithaca in 1865 and was its principal benefactor. Cornell died in 1874.