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Who was the inventor of the telegraph

Samuel F.B. Morse was the inventor of the telegraph. He was born at Charlestown, Mass. on April 27, 1791. Morse began life as a painter, but did not give his whole attention to art—chemistry and experiments in electricity and galvanism claiming much of his time.

He first conceived the idea of the telegraph in 1832, and exhibited his invention to Congress in 1837. He struggled on with scanty means, and was about to give up in despair when Congress appropriated $30,000 for an experimental line, which was opened on May 12, 1844, between Washington and Baltimore.

Prof. Morse died in 1872, but not before he had reaped honors and fortune from his invention.