Facts of Samuel Morse
|Full Name:||Samuel Morse|
|Age:||229 years 2 months|
|Birth Date:||April 21, 1791|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Virgo, Cancer, Capricorn|
|Death Date:||April 02, 1872|
|Birth Place:||Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Father's Name:||Jedidiah Morse|
|Mother's Name:||Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese|
|Marital Status:||Not Known|
|Profession:||painter and inventor.|
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Starting as a painter, Samuel Morse went on to do inventions. His famous invention was that of the telegraph and he had helped commercialize it! His life is a source of inspiration for the young who can learn a lot from it and feel motivated!
Samuel Morse’s birth and growing years
American painter and inventor Samuel Morse was born on 27 April 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was the eldest child of the pastor Jedidiah Morse (1761–1826) who worked also as a geographer, and his wife Elizabeth Ann Finley Breese (1766–1828).
Samuel attended the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Later he joined Yale College. At Yale, he attended lectures on electricity. He graduated from Yale in 1810. He used to paint while studying to support himself.
Samuel Morse Painting
Samuel was fond of painting and used it to make a living. His paintings depicted the Calvinist beliefs and culture. His paintings caught the attention of a famous painter named Washington Allston. He took Samuel along with England where Samuel could get further training in painting. She perfected painting and took admission to the Royal Academy. He practiced further and produced his masterpiece-Dying Hercules. It was considered to represent the political situation of that time with the USA and Britain at wars with each other.
1815-1825 was the period of growth as regards his painting work. He captured the essence and life of the American culture. His paintings embodied the political turmoil of that time and he also painted prominent personalities. 1830-1832 he was in Europe for refining his painting skills.
In 1825, Samuel was painting Lafayette in Washington when he got a message from his father about Samuel’s wife’s ill-health. As Samuel was preparing to leave for his hometown in New Haven, he got the message that she had died. When he reached, she had already been buried. Samuel was upset that he was unaware of his wife’s ill-health and started thinking in ways of faster long-distance communication which would help the world.
Working with electromagnetism, Samuel invented the first single-wire telegraph. He also invented the Morse Code for sending messages across long distances in a minimum of time. Several other experimenters were also involved in getting the telegraph to work well. But Samuel’s method was the cheapest and he is considered as the inventor of the Telegraph.
He tried to get financial support in Europe but was unsuccessful. He returned to America and managed to get Federal support. In 1845, the Magnetic Telegraph Company was formed to build telegraph lines from New York City to other parts. It soon rapidly spread to all parts of the USA. He received a patent for it in 1847. He also assisted in getting telegraph systems to Latin America and Puerto Rico.
Samuel Morse personal life and marriages
Samuel was married twice. His first marriage was to Lucretia Pickering Walker which was held on September 29, 1818, in Concord, New Hampshire. Lucretia died February 7, 1825, shortly after the birth of their third child, James who was born in 1825. His other children with her are Susan b. 1819 and Charles b. 1823.
Samuel then married his second wife, Sarah Elizabeth Griswold on August 10, 1848, in Utica, New York. The couple had four children (Samuel b. 1849, Cornelia b. 1851, William b. 1853, Edward b. 1857).
Samuel Morse died on 2 April 1872 due to pneumonia. The death took place in NY.