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Was there a business feud between a Gooch & James Gordon Bennett Jr.?

There was possibly a rivalry between James Gordon Bennett Jr. and English citizens with the Gooch family name.

It may be reaching a bit, but Harold Gooch the English Buffalo hunter, Indian fighter & the first to challenge Bennett in polo, was likely part of the British Gooch family who were Bennett's competitors and he would have hated being defeated/humiliated by one of them in America's first big polo match.. 

What was the possible rivalry?

James Gordon Bennett Jr. owned The New York Herald Newspaper and because there was a monopoly that controlled the transatlantic communications cable system in 1876 between Europe & America he had to pay their prices.  The cable service was 
monopolized 
(search for Bennett on the link) by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company (Telcon) which was ran by an Englishman named Sir Daniel Gooch. 

To finally break the monopoly Bennett created 
Commercial Cable Company in 1883.

Daniel Gooch's Obituary.

Check out this book it is the official account of the July 1865 expedition on board Gooch's Great Eastern to lay a cable along the Atlantic Ocean 

It may be reaching a bit, but Harold Gooch the English Buffalo hunter, Indian fighter & the first to challenge Bennett in polo, was likely part of the British Gooch family who were Bennett's competitors and he would have hated being defeated/humiliated by one of them in America's first big polo match.. 

What was the possible rivalry?

James Gordon Bennett Jr. owned The New York Herald Newspaper and because there was a monopoly that controlled the transatlantic communications cable system in 1876 between Europe & America he had to pay their prices.  The cable service was
 monopolized (search for Bennett on the link) by the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company (Telcon) which was ran by an Englishman named Sir Daniel Gooch. 

To finally break the monopoly Bennett created
 Commercial Cable Company in 1883.

Check out this book it is the official account of the July 1865 expedition on board Gooch's Great Eastern to lay a cable along the Atlantic Ocean 

The fact that Bennett was in an inferior position with no options on getting his news across the pond without paying exorbitant fees, drove him crazy. 

He loathed the cable monopoly and there lied the Gooch rub and why Bennett would have possibly wanted nothing to do with a Gooch and certainly not be defeated in a polo game by a one in front of the worlds eyes at the 1876 Centennial. 

Perhaps, because a Gooch beat him daily in business he would want nothing to do with a Gooch beating him on his big day of introducing American polo to the world during the Centennial aka first US worlds Fair. 

Imagine the headlines in his own paper stating that he was beaten badly by an Englishman named Gooch. 

For Bennett's newspaper (The New York Herald) to tell the story of his introduction of American polo to the world which he had been big time hyping for a couple of months even though he had yet to get his polo ponies or played a game....  There is a good chance the headlines would have told the tale of Bennett's loss to an English Buffalo hunter & Indian fighter named Harold Gooch.  

To add injury to insult.... He would have to pay Daniel Gooch's Telcon monopoly to tell the story of his humiliating defeat to all of his editions abroad.

Harold Gooch was the first to challenge Bennett to a polo match and wanted to play him at the Centennial. 


​Why was Harold Gooch's challenge to play at the Centennial acknowledged but never accepted?

​In 1866 Daniel Gooch, the Chairman of Telcon was created a Baronet in recognition of his cable work and became a well known businessman making the Gooch name synonymous with rail & the transatlantic cable. He was very well known to the newspaper industry & Bennett because they all had to pay for his Telcon's services.


​Gooch's cable ship, The SS Great Eastern, was a massive 22,500-ton steamship that was so far ahead of her time that her length (nearly 700 feet) and tonnage would remain unmatched for four more decades. 

She was by far the largest ship the World had ever seen.

More on Harold Gooch.


Harold Gooch came to the Denison area about the the time the railway appeared.


Harold Gooch married the daughter of a Texas pioneer and national political figure, his wifes sister married texas railroad pioneer Robert Noble.......WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1877...MARRIED. GOOCH-TAYLOR. At the residence of the bride's father, Col. Taylor,near Bonham, Texas, on Thursday, the 28th , by the Rev. Carrolton, Mr. HAROLD GOOCH and MISS MOLLIE TAYLOR. Denison Daily Cresset. The happy couple have our hearty congratulations, and we trust that many years of wedded life are in store for them.......


***Harold Gooch was one of the first in this section (search for Gooch****, and is remembered by many of our citizens. Denison Texas....In the early 1870s William Benjamin Munson, Sr., and R. S. Stevens bought land in the area and prepared for the arrival of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad (the Katy). The townsite was laid out in the summer of 1872 and named for the vice president of the Katy, George Denison. The first train arrived on Christmas Eve 1872