Gifford, Walter Sherman
- Stephen G. Marshall
Gifford, Walter Sherman (10 January 1885–07 May 1966), telephone company executive, was born in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Nathan Poole Gifford, a lumber merchant, and Harriet Maria Spinney, a schoolteacher. Gifford entered Harvard University in 1901 and completed his course work in three years, but he chose to take his degree with the class of 1905. Gifford started work in 1904 as a clerk at the Western Electric Company, the manufacturing subsidiary of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company (AT&T). In 1905 he transferred to Western Electric’s New York headquarters and became its assistant secretary and assistant treasurer. Gifford’s statistical reports attracted the attention of AT&T president ...