Samuel Morse

Born: Apr 27, 1791 AD
Died: 1872 AD, at 80 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Inventor, Painters

1791 - Born on the 27th of April in Charlestown, Massachusetts.


1810 - He graduated from Yale University.


1811 - He diligently worked on perfecting painting techniques under the careful eye of Allston.


1815 - He left the United States on August, and began his full time career as an American painter.


1815-1825 - Mark significant growth in his paintings as he sought to capture the true essence of America’s culture and life.


1816 - He had the honor of painting former Federalist President John Adams.


1817 - Was able to paint Judge Woodward  who was involved in bringing the Dartmouth case before the Supreme Court and the college’s president, Francis Brown.


1819-1821 - He experienced a great change in his life, commissions ceased as Charleston was hit with an economic recession that hit the city of Charleston hard.


1819 - Married first, Lucretia Pickering Walker on the 29th of September, in Concord, New Hampshire.


1825 - Lucretia died on 7th February, shortly after the birth of their third child.


1830-1832 - He was in Europe for three years improving his painting skills, travelling in Italy, Switzerland and France


1832 - he became one of several people interested in finding ways of communicating by sending electrical impulses across a wire -- a concept which became known as the telegraph.


1836 - He ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York under the nativist (anti-immigration) banner


1837 - Morse developed a dot-and-dash alphabet and devised a practical plan for using telegraphy to communicated across great distances. Morse demonstrated a working model.



1939 - Published (from Paris) the first American description of daguerreotype photography by Louis Daguerre.



1842 - Made one last desperate trip to Washington, D.C. in December, stringing "wires between two committee rooms in the Capitol.



1843 - He had secured government funding to run a line from Baltimore, Maryland to Washington, D.C. On May 24, 1844 he transmitted the first telegraph message: "What hath God wrought!" Although he spent years in litigation over telegraph patents, he was eventually rewarded for his efforts and was a wealthy man in his later years.


      -He later experimented with submarine cable telegraphy. Both Morse and

John Draper were instrumental in introducing the daguerreotype in the United States.



1848 - He married second, Sarah Elizabeth Griswold on the 10th of August in Utica, New York.




1858 - He was awarded the sum of 400,000 French francs (equivalent to about $80,000 at the time) by the governments of France, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Piedmont, Russia, Sweden, Tuscany and Turkey, each of which contributed a share according to the number of Morse instruments in use in each country".





1861 - He was generous in his philanthropies and was one of the founders of Vassar College.




1872 - He died on the 2nd of April at his home at 5 West 22nd Street, New York, New York, at the age of eighty, and was buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York



1871 - A bronze statue of Samuel Morse was unveiled in Central Park, New York City.






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