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Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) [Introduction for Mrs. Alfred Vail]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04650.02 Author/Creator: Morse, Samuel Finley Breese (1791-1872) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 14 June 1871 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.8 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: General introduction to "any of my friends with whom she may meet" for the widow of his colleague in telegraph business, Alfred Vail. Mrs. Vail was visiting Europe with her family. Notes Alfred Vail's authorship of an early history of the telegraph and comments, " ... to him belongs the credit of the first attempts to collate the facts bearing upon the invention."

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
Vail, Alfred, 1807-1859

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Children and FamilyTelegraphInventionInventorScience and TechnologyWomen's HistoryLetter of Introduction or Recommendation

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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