His Death

Strowger died after suffering an aneurism and anemia in St. Petersburg on May 26, 1902, at age 62, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery the following day. Reports say that Strowger was wealthy at the time of his death, and owned at least a city block of property. A bronze plaque was added to Strowger’s grave in the 1940s to commemorate his contributions to telephone technology. The plaque reads, Here rests the remains of Almon Brown Strowger, 1839-1902, Inventor & Pioneer, whose dream of better telephone service inspired him to invent in 1889 the first practical automatic telephone system. This plaque placed here in his honor on the 110th anniversary of his birth by grateful members of the telephone industry October 19, 1949. 

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