Trivia: Western Union began as one of the largest employers in what profession?
Correct Answer: Telegraph operator
So why is this answer correct? : Though it’s now a financial services company, Western Union was originally founded in 1851 as a telegraph company. In 1861, it built the first transcontinental telegraph line, and after absorbing more than 500 competing companies, Western Union became one of the world’s largest employers of telegraph operators. When the telephone rendered telegraphs obsolete, the company changed its business model.