Samuel F.B. Morse

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Samuel F.B. Morse

Samuel Finley Breese Morse revolutionized long-distance communication with his credited invention of the telegraph. Samuel Morse was born in 1791 in Charlestown MA and began his life as an American artist. His ambitions changed when he learned of his wife being deathly ill. By the time he arrived she had already been buried. Moved by this sudden turn of events, Morse explored the means of long-distance communication. Samuel F.B Morse became one of the inventors seeking to create a rapid method of long-distance communication. After overcoming many obstacles Morse reached his goal of being able to send signals over wires and repeating relays. He received the patent for his invention in 1847, although many others were involved. The first telegraph sent by Morse went from Washington D.C to Baltimore with the message, “What hath God wrought” meaning what has God brought about. The famous line came from a woman who said the phrase at the site, revealing her fear of modern science. Samuel Morse also came up with a system of dots and dashes to go along with his telegraph, which he named after himself. The telegraph slowly spread throughout the U.S and proved invaluable along with the Morse Code to Lincoln during the Civil War. As the telegraph became Trans-Atlantic it layed the groundwork for modern communication and even today has some military use. On a personal note Vincent J. Dee, my grandfather operated the telegraph and used Morse Code as a Radioman on the USS Libra during World War II. He was a Master Chief Radioman for many years. R.I.P 1923-2014.


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Samuel F.B. Morse

The Telegraph

Self-portrait of Samuel Morse during his career as an artist

"What hath God wrought?"

were the words first transmitted through Morse's telegraph using Morse Code. From Old English "wath hath God wrought" translates to what has god brought about, which reveals a fear of modern science.

Samuel Morse memorial statue in N.Y.C Central park.

World War 2 telegraph in use on a Navy battleship in the pacific.

Trans-atlantic telegraph line

Union Telegraph Station in the Civil War - posts like these saveed many lives.


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