Invented in 1837, Price to buy: unknown, Price to send: .20$

Samuel F. B. Morse

  • Samuel F.B. Morse was born in 1791, once a portrait painter, turned to inventing to make his fortune. Morse had little training in electricity but realized that pulses of electrical current could convey information over wires. Morse developed 'lightning wires' and 'Morse code,' an electronic alphabet that could carry messages. The patent was applied for in 1840. A line was constructed between Baltimore and Washington and the first message, sent on May 24,1844, was 'What hath God wrought!' Samuel F.B. Morse died in 1872.

“The press, the machine, the railway, the telegraph are premises whose thousand year conclusion no one has yet dared to draw.”

Why the invention was important and useful.

  • The telegraph changed the world. It allowed people to communicate from long distance in the matter of seconds. At the time to people the impossible had been done. We now had the power to inform someone of an emergency and also other important invents by simply pushing send. It opened the world up to new possibilities For example The Telegraph led to the later invention of the Telephone. To buy a Telegraph in 1837 you would have to contact Samuel F.B. Morse him self.