Santa Barbara, California

May 1, 2017 to August 30, 2017

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?”


Our exhibit will contain letters of Morse detailing each step of his construction of the first electromagnetic telegraph line.