Exhibit

Charleston, South Carolina

DEc 28, 2017 to April 30, 2018

Samuel F. B. Morse

Inventor of the First Efficient Telegraph

in the year 1843

 

The Birth of the World's First Long Distance Communication System

 

Morse was not a scientist, but a painter (artist) who had heard people discuss experiments in electricity.  He had also heard of experiments in building telegraphs!  That's right, someone had already invented a telegraph,  but not efficient enough to make it popular.

 

Morse decided to study what others had done and combine their efforts with the new experiments in electricity that had been reported.  He even convinced the United States Government to pay for his work.  He finally built a telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington DC.  The first message that he sent was recorded on the tape shown here.  The message read: 

 

"What Hath God Wrought?"

 

Here Morse writes out that famous message IN MORSE CODE!!

The original first message sent