- David Hellerstein
Rosewater, Edward (28 January 1841–30 August 1906), journalist and politician, was born Edward Rosenwasser in Bukovan, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), the son of Herman Rosenwasser and Rosalia Kohn, farmers. In 1854 the Rosenwasser family, which consisted of parents and eight children at that time, emigrated to the United States, settling in Cleveland, Ohio. Educated in Hebrew, German, and Czech in his native land, upon arriving in America Edward was sent to work peddling “notions and wares.” Subsequent jobs selling tinware and stoves, and then drygoods, were followed by a three-month term at Hollister and Felton’s Commercial College in Cleveland, where he learned penmanship, bookkeeping, and accounting, and in 1859 by an apprenticeship in telegraphy. Upon attaining proficiency as a telegrapher, he took a job in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and then moved to Stevenson, Alabama, where his responsibilities included splicing and repairing the line, maintaining batteries, and personally delivering telegrams....