The Telephone

Anna Pfeiffer

"Mr. Watson, come here. I need you."

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

March 10th, 1876

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell conducted a successful experiment with the telephone.

Brantford, Ontario, Canada

Brantford, Ontario, Canada is the birthplace of the telephone created by Alexander Graham Bell.

Electronic Speech

Alexander Graham Bell came to the U.S as a teacher of the deaf, and conceived the idea of "electronic speech" while visiting his hearing-impaired mother in Canada. This led him to invent the microphone and later the "electrical speech machine" - his name for the first telephone.

"Mr. Watson, come here. I need you."

After having heard Thomas A. Watson, one of Bell’s assistants, plucking springs along 60 feet of wire, Bell believed that he could solve the problem of sending a human voice over wire. He figured out how to transmit a simple current first, and received a patent for that invention on March 7, 1876. He later transmitted actual speech. Sitting in one room, he spoke into the telephone to his assistant, who was in another room, “Mr. Watson, come here. I need you.”

The telephone patent is one of the most valuable patents ever issued.


The telephone created by Alexander Graham Bell redesigned technology and the way of life. Socially, people could now talk to people without having to travel or write a letter. This allowed them to have much longer and detailed conversations. Economically, consumers had to pay money for this new invention. They had to pay to buy it, a service fee, etc. However, this created many jobs for people. People had to make the telephone and sell the telephone. Culturally, the telephone changed the ways of life and made communication easier. The invention inspired new ways of communication. The telephone is something that will be around for a long time, and will constantly be developing.


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