Sunday, January 6, 2008

Samuel F. B. Morse

Today we feature a portrait of Samuel F. B. Morse. It was on this day, January 6, in the year 1838 that Samuel Morse first demonstrated the electric telegraph. The telegraph was perhaps the single largest step forward in telecommunication history, in that it allowed messages to be sent electronically for the first time. The telegraph was key in settling the west, and served as the basis for modern communication methods. I wonder if he could have even dreamed of today's telecommunication capabilities?

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