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Chappel, Alonzo (1828-1887) Samuel F. B. Morse

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04480.02 Author/Creator: Chappel, Alonzo (1828-1887) Place Written: New York, NY Type: Engraving Date: 1872 Pagination: 1 engraving : b&w ; 27.5 x 20.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Engraving of Morse seated, with hand laid on a book on a table. Depicted with full white beard and glasses. Marked, "Likeness from the last approved photograph from life." Published by Johnson, Wilson & Co. Publishers, New York.

Background Information: Morse is credited with inventing the telegraph and Morse code. In 1844, he sent the first telegraphic message, from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., "What hath God wrought!" He was also ...an accomplished artist and politician. See More

People: Chappel, Alonzo, 1828-1887
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Art, Music, Theater, and FilmPhotographyInventorTelegraph

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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