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POPE, Franklin Leonard, electrical engineer, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 2 December, 1840. He was educated in his native town, became a telegraph operator in 1857, in 1862 was made assistant engineer of the American telegraph company, and in 1864 filled a similar office in the Russo-American telegraph company. In association with George Blenkinsop, of Victoria, British Columbia, he made, while in that service in 1866, the first exploration of the extensive region between British Columbia and Alaska, about the sources of Skeena, Stickeen, and Yukon rivers. Subsequently he settled in New York city, where he has since been engaged chiefly as an electrical engineer and expert. With Thomas A. Edison he invented in 1870 the one-wire printing telegraph, known as the "ticker," which is employed in large cities for telegraphing exchange quotations. He also invented in 1872 the rail-circuit for automatically controlling electric block signals, now used on the principal railroads of the United States, and he has patented other improvements relating to railway and telegraphic service. In 1885 he was elected president of the American institute of electrical engineers. Mr. Pope has since 1884 been the editor of "The Electrical Engineer," and, besides articles in the technical, historical, and popular periodicals, is the author of "Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph" (New York, 1871) and "Life and Work of Joseph Henry" (1879). POPE, James Colledge, Canadian statesman, born in Bedeque, Prince Edward island, 11 June, 1826; died in Summerside, Prince Edward island, 18 May, 1885. He was educated in his native place and in England, engaged in business in early manhood, and became successful as a merchant, shipbuilder, and ship-owner. In 1857 Mr. Pope became a member of the Prince Edward island assembly, and, except during a few months in 1873, when he sat in the Dominion parliament, held his seat until August, 1876, when he was defeated. He became a member of the executive council of Prince Edward island in 1857, and was premier of that province in 1865-'7, 1870-'1, and from April till September, 1873. The construction of the Prince Edward island railway, and the negotiations that resulted in securing better terms to the colony on its entering the Dominion, were achievements of his administration. He was elected to the Canadian parliament in November. 1876, re-elected in 1878, and became minister of marine and fisheries in October of the latter year. He held this portfolio till May, 1882. when he resigned in consequence of failing health.
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