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Walter S. Gifford

American Telephone and Telegraph

1925 - 1948

Communications

1920 b. 1885
male
EducationOneDegree
UndergraduateHarvard University
Personal
Born-Died1885 - 1966
BirthplaceMassachusetts (MA)
RaceWhite
FatherOwner, Small Business
Era - 1920

During Giffordís presidency, AT&T experienced tremendous growth. Gifford increased operating revenue from $657 million to $2.25 billion. During Giffordís tenure, the wire mileage of AT&T rose from 39.5 million to 113 million, and the number of Bell telephones in use rose from 11.25 million to 28.5 million. In 1927, Gifford launched his firmís overseas operations and by 1948, 72 foreign countries were linked by wire and radio with Bell lines.