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Profile of the Day: Samuel Morse

On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in front a small group of onlookers at the Speedwell Ironworks in Morristown, New Jersey.

Image: Samuel Morse / Library of Congress

The telegraph transmitted electric pulses over wires, enabling people to send messages over vast distances. Morse and Vail also developed a code using pulses and pauses, which we now know as Morse code. After struggling to gain sponsorship, Morse was finally able to convince Congress to fund the construction of a telegraph line in 1843. On May 24, 1844, the first telegraph line was officially opened.

Morse’s invention revolutionized long distance communication as telegraph lines were quickly built across the country.

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