The Bell group, instead of being driven from the field, were at once lifted to a higher level in the business world.
Most of them were well- known business men–the Bradleys, the Saltonstalls, Fay, Silsbee, and Carlton.
There was a spirit of confidence and enterprise; and the next step, clearly, was to create a business organization.
Vail, took his seat as General Manager in a tiny office in Reade Street, New York, and the building of the business began.
Bell invented the telephone; Watson constructed it; Sanders financed it; Hubbard introduced it; and Vail put it on a business basis.
The new General Manager had, of course, no experience in the telephone business. Neither had any one else.
So, just as Amos Kendall had left the post office service thirty years before to establish the telegraph business, Theodore N.
“We have the only original telephone patents,” he wrote;