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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) [Telegram message for Samuel Morse's coachman]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04650.01 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: Poughkeepsie, New York Type: Autograph note signed Date: circa 1850-1859 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 14 x 21.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Note to be relayed to Morse's coachman informing that he will be arriving on the five o'clock train tonight. Written on stationery of the New York, Albany & Buffalo Telegraph Co. Gold envelope is printed with "Morse's American Telegraph, New-York, Albany and Buffalo Line."

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. He was also an accomplished artist and ...politician. See More

People: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: TravelRailroadTransportationTelegraphInventor

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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