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Samuel Morse

Born: 1791 AD
Died: 1872 AD
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.