Samuel Morse


Life Story

Samuel Morse is famous for his invention the Telegraph and being the creator of the timeless Morse Code. His initial idea of using electromagnetism to communicate with other people came to him in 1832, shortly after hearing news of his wife, Susan Walker Morse, dying a few days after their three children's birth. Morse was devestated at this news, but furious that he just learning about, and set out to find a way of fast, long distance communication.

The Telegraph

In order to communicate in long distance places, Morse found a way to send out coded messages via electric pulses. The pulses travelled from a wire to a reciever, where the message was decoded. Morse, however, was having a hard time finding a code that all countries could know and use. The result of this conflict was the Morse Code, a code that all people wishing to use Telgraphs would have to learn. The final prototype was finished and publicly shown on January 11, 1838, at the Speedwell Ironworks Factory. the very first message was sent by Samuel Morse himself, and consisted of the words, "A patient waiter is no loser."


The stroke of genius that is the Telegraph has changed the world. During the same time Morse was creating the Telegraph, several other scientists were attempting to do the same thing, with more resources as well. Even the combined minds of William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone didn't finish faster than Morse. Enlightened, the rest of the world built their own telegraph, and it was the newer, faster, and better way to send news to different places. Before the telephone was invented, Morse was considered a hero.