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  • Monday, March 5, 2012

    Historically Speaking: Morse Started In Art, Not Technology:

     Danielson, Conn. -- It took a tragedy for Samuel F. B. Morse to change his life from painting to inventing. Morse was born April 27, 1791, in Charlestown, Mass., the first child of Woodstock native Jedidiah Morse Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth Breese. Jedidiah Morse was a Puritan and his children were brought up in a praying household and with the virtue of self-sacrifice. Samuel Morse showed artistic talent very early. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., and graduated with distinction from Yale College, his father's alma mater, in 1810. He was 19. While in Europe in 1830, Morse met Louis Daguerre, who, at that time, was recognized as a celebrated designer for the theater. He was, earlier, also known as the inventor of the diorama. By 1839, Daguerre announced his daguerreotype as a "gift, free to the world." It would revolutionize the art world, and Morse was impressed with the implications of this new photographic process. Morse, meanwhile, continued his portrait work. While in Washington painting Lafayette's likeness, he received word by a horse messenger that his wife, Lucretia Walker Morse, was sick. He hurried back to their home in New Haven, but arrived after she had been buried. In his grief and guilt, having been away from his family, he turned his efforts to the pursuit of swift, long-distance communication. Morse made contact with Charles Thomas Jackson, an authority on electromagnetism. Morse began to experiment with and develop a single-wire telegraph. His Morse code would change the way the world communicated.
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