Grading Service: PCGS
SKU: 136368
Cert Number: 30358609

A simple man, born on April 27, 1791 in Massachusetts, who studied at Yale, became an artist, and traveled the world, would revolutionize communication by 1838. This man, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, became interested in the relatively new concept of electricity while he studied at Yale and learned as much as he could. After college Morse spent a lot of time in Europe as an artist but upon his return from a trip in 1832 he heard news of a new development: the electromagnet. Morse used this concept to begin development on an electric telegraph that would allow messages to be transmitted via wire. Little did Morse know, several others had been working on a similar concept at the same time. Regardless, Morse and his two partners – Leonard Gale and Alfred Vail – spent the next several years on his prototype. On January 6, 1838 Morse, Gale, and Vail were able to publically demonstrate their invention at the Speedwell Iron works in Morristown, New Jersey. Two years later Morse was granted the patent for his invention, over several others. Eventually, knowing how important his concept was, Morse was able to convince congress to fund the construction of a telegraph line from Baltimore to Washington D.C. Once completed Morse sent the first official telegram upon that line which stated, “What Hath God Wrought!” Over the next several years many private print and communications companies funded telegraph line construction across the United States. However it wasn’t until after the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company – now known as Western Union – was founded that the first transcontinental telegraph was established. This paved the way for the construction of the first transatlantic line five years later. Morse’s invention soon became a sensation along with his code communication he invented in conjunction with the machine. The telegram remained a significant mode of communications for several years, which included both WWI and WWII, until Western Union sent its last telegram in January 2006.

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