Samuel Morse, American telegraph inventor

Samuel Morse, American telegraph inventor

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Caption: Samuel Morse (1791-1872), American painter and telegraph inventor. Samuel Finley Breese Morse is most famous as the creator of a single wire telegraph system, and co-inventor, with Alfred Vail, of Morse Code. Morse went to Yale College where he studied religious philosophy, mathematics and science of horses. While at Yale, he attended lectures on electricity from Benjamin Silliman and Jeremiah Day, and earned money by painting portraits and landscapes. After graduating in 1810, Morse worked at perfecting painting techniques and by the end of 1811 he gained admittance to the Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK.

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