Samuel Morse, US inventor

Samuel Morse, US inventor

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Caption: Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), US inventor. Morse invented the electric telegraph and the Morse code. He started his career as a painter, but developed an interest in the study of electricity. From 1832 he worked to develop the electric telegraph and increase its range. He demonstrated his code, a series of dots and dashes representing each letter, in 1838. After gaining financial support, he transmitted the first telegraph message on 24 May 1844, along the new line linking Washington DC and Baltimore, USA. This first message was sent in Morse code and read 'What hath God wrought'. This is a daguerreotype, dated to around 1845. It was restored in 1941 and is part of the Marian S. Carson Collection.

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