Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American inventor. He contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs, was a co-inventor of the Morse code, and also an accomplished painter. Morse additionally supported the institution of slavery as well as anti-Catholic and anti-immigration efforts within the United States.
In 1832, an American artist sailed home from Europe. He had spent some time painting in Europe and hoped to sell his pictures when he arrived home. His name was Samuel Morse. The journey on the ship was to change Samuel Morse’s life.
ca. 1850’s, [daguerreotype occupational portrait of a telegraph operator]. “When Samuel Morse used an electrical telegraph to send the message “What Hath God Wrought” in May, 1844 from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland, he transformed communication in the United States. By the end of the Civil War, the telegraph had become the means by which information was transmitted long, as well as short distances.”. via Cowan’s Auctions