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Zebulon (Acton) LASH (1846-1920) - important Canadian
Posted by: Richard Brezet (ID *****5603) Date: July 19, 2005 at 17:54:12
In Reply to: Zebulon Brice LASH 1857 PA>ND by David Harold Johnson of 406

Any relation between your Zebulon and this one ??
(extract from an account of the early telephone companies in Nova Scotia and other parts of Canada)

The violent force of the blast in Halifax Harbour knocked down miles of telegraph and telephone lines, effectively stopping communications between the city and the rest of the world for all purposes, government, military, and civilian. Since the re-establishment of contact was crucial, especially in the middle of a war, the author of this telegram suggests making use of wireless (radio) communication.

At the time of the 1917 Halifax (Nova Scotia) Explosion, Z.A. Lash was President, Great North Western Telegraph and Cable Company. Although his name is almost unknown among Canadians, no adequate history of Canada can be written without Zebulon Acton Lash (1846-1920) appearing significantly in it.

Very briefly, in the 1870s Z.A. Lash was Deputy Minister in the Department of Justice in Ottawa; in the late 1890s he was deeply involved in the formation of the Canadian Northern Railway; for more than a decade, beginning in 1902, he was chief solicitor for MacKenzie, Mann and Company Limited (at the time when this company was organizing and building the Halifax & South Western Railway in Nova Scotia, among other important projects); when Robert Borden became Prime Minister in 1911, Lash advised him on the formation of the cabinet, and then served as Borden's legal counsel on the organization of Canadian National Railways.
After all, how many people are named Zebulon Lash ??

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