Samuel Morse

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791 - 1872)

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Samuel Finley Breese Morse
Born in Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married (to ) in Concord, New Hampshiremap
Husband of — married in Utica, New Yorkmap
Died in New York, New York, USAmap
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Categories: American Notables | Phillips Academy, Andover | Massachusetts Inventors | Painters | Printing History | Telecommunications History.

Conflicting info from merge: Mother Elizabeth Ann Breese (Breese-18) Elizabeth Ann Morse (Breese-8) Merge pending and open profile request sent for Breese 18 (over 200 years old)

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Samuel Morse, born in 1791, was not what one might expect from the inventor of Morse Code and the single-wire telegraph.

He was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts. At the age of only 14 years old (1805), Samuel attended Yale College. He graduated and returned to Massachusetts in 1810 where he became a clerk for a publisher until 1811 when his parents allowed him to go to London, England to attend the Royal Academy of Arts. His parents didn't think it proper for him to be a painter, and so he didn't pursue his interest until he went to London even though he had encouragement from a well-known American painter named Washington Allston.

In London, Samuel was taught by an American named Benjamin West. Due to Morse's charismatic, warm personality, he made many other friends such as Charles Leslie, another painter, and a poet named Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Morse wins a gold medal at an arts exhibition in London, and returns home in 1815. He proceeded to open an art studio, and in search of commissions to earn himself money, he travels to New Hampshire. There, he met his first wife; Lucretia Pickering Walker, who was 16 at the time. In 1819, the city of Charleston, South Carolina commissioned Morse to paint a portrait of President James Monroe.

In 1825, Morse's wife Lucretia died unexpectedly.

Morse continues his life largely as an artist until autumn of 1835, when he creates a recording telegraph with a moving paper ribbon. Morse demonstrates his telegraph to a few acquaintances and soon finds himself attached to two partners, Alfred Vail and Dr. Leonard Gale. After an old acquaintance of Morse's tries to take credit for his telegraph design, Morse moves to get a patent for it. In December of 1837, Morse withdrew from painting to work on the telegraph. Morse described his telegraph as "including a dot and dash code to represent numbers, a dictionary to turn the numbers into words and a set of sawtooth type for sending signals."

In 1843, Morse got funding from Congress to make a telegraph line from Baltimore to Washington D.C. The first ever inter-city telegraph line message encompassed his amazement, saying: "What hath God wrought!" Morse quickly became an American hero and his technology became widely used. Several private companies opened their own telegraph lines and paid royalties to Morse. By 1848, Morse was married again and with enough money from his telegraph, he brought his family together in a country home. He grew to the age of 80, and in those years he donated money to Yale and other colleges, and also to struggling artists. On April 2nd, 1872, Morse died of pneumonia at the age of 80.


Note: Artist whose telegraph and Morse code prefigured the electronic age of telephones, radio, television sets,and computers, lived in London, Boston, Concord, NH, New Haven, CT, Charleston, SC, post 1823, and New York. Graduated from Yale in 1872. Resident of Charlestown, MA.
Note: Samuel F B Morse is a well known historical personality. Though he had 2 brothers, Richard and Sidney who founded the "New York Observer" he laid claim to his own fame on several accounts. Samuel distinguished himself as an artist. He painted a portrait of Lafayette himself and the two become personal friends. Secondly he became well known for his inventive genius. Among his contributions in this area are the Morse Code Teletype, and the electric light bulb. Samuel also founded a school called the "Academy of Design".


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Source S46
Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Title: Ancestral File (R)
Publication: Name: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998;
Repository: #R2
NOTENAME Family History Library
ADDR 35 N West Temple Street
CONT Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
Repository R2
Name: NAME Family History Library ADDR 35 N West Temple Street Salt Lake City, Utah 84150 USA
Source S127
Title: NEHGS Nexus, VOL. XII, No.4, Aug-Sep 1995, p.118



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On 16 Aug 2015 at 06:25 GMT Brett Barbaro wrote:

Morse-3263 and Morse-11 appear to represent the same person because: Inventor of telegraph

On 30 Oct 2009 at 01:51 GMT Anissa Truscott wrote:

Samuel is 25 degrees from Rosa Parks, 21 degrees from Anne Tichborne and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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