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Hernand Behn

International Telephone and Telegraph

1920 - 1933

Communications

Military ServiceNavy
1920 b. 1880
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateSt. Barbe College
Personal
Born-Died1880 - 1933
BirthplaceVirgin Islands
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Large Business
Era - 1920

In 1920, the Behn brothers, Hernand and Sosthenes, organized International Telephone and Telegraph. They worked jointly with AT&T to lay the telephone cables from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba. As president during the 1920s, Hernand grew the company’s assets from $38 million to $535 million, creating a worldwide network of cable and local telephone systems in more than thirty countries.