$1.09 per message in 1867
Samuel F. B. Morse
Usage of the Telegraph
The use of telegraphs spread along railway lines and in 1861 the first transcontinental telegraph line was built. Morse Code operators could transmit up to 50 words per minute and in 1900 Fredick Creed invented a way to convert Morse Code to text. Telegraphs greatly improved the speed at which news could be delivered over long distance. In the past mail would have to be taken by trains to other cities when now messages could be recieved much faster. This invention then led to the invention of the telephone.
Businesses and the government greatly thrived on the telegraph because of the speed of the message but it was also a way for family members to reach eachother quickly if need be.