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Samuel Finley Breese Morse
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    (April 27, 1791-April 22, 1872)
    Invented the single wire telegraph (patent # 1,647 - Improvement in the mode of communicating information by signals and the application of electro-magnetism)
    Was a portrait painter
    Inducted into the National Inventors' Hall of Fame (1975)
    The U.S. made it mandatory to know Morse Code in order to get an amateur radio operator's license (ham radio).
    He was extremely religious.
    Although credited with inventing the telegraph it was proposed in 1753 and built in 1774, years before his birth.
    Twice he ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City.
    He profited from the telegraph despite using his influence to get the U.S. to provide him $30,000 (about $500,000 today's money) to 'wire' the US (1842).
    It is widely believed that Alfred Vail, Morse's assistant invented the code we call 'The Morse Code.'
    He graduated Yale (1810).
    He taped the first telegraph message 'What hath God wrought?' (May 24, 1844)
    Several European countries combined to pay him 400,000 francs as compensation for use of his system (1858).
    Both coasts of the US were wired link for the telegraph (1861).
    The transatlantic cable was completed (1866).
    He popularized the Morse Code, which is still (although very limited) in use today.
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