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2001-04-03 01:03:37 (UTC)

On this day in History: 1872..

On this day in History:
1872 Samuel Morse dies
Samuel Morse invented Morse code, developed an electric
telegraph, and established the first telegraphy line in the
United States. In addition, Morse was an accomplished
artist whose portraits are still exhibited in major art
museums today.
Morse began work on a telegraph in 1832 and spent several
years developing a prototype of an electric telegraph,
which he demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell
Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1838. After
several years of lobbying Congress, Morse received a grant
to build an experimental telegraph line from Baltimore to
Washington, D.C. In 1844, Morse transmitted his historic
first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought?"


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